Library and Information Technology (LIT) maintains computing labs on campus for student use. Many students find it beneficial to have their own computer and printer. To help you with your computer purchasing decisions, we offer the following information:
Every room in every residence hall is connected to the Internet both via wireless and “wired” access. Many students prefer the convenience of wireless access, while others like the faster download speeds that come with wired access. It’s your choice, given the right features on your computer. The College will provide you with an Ethernet cable free of charge, and there is no charge for your network connection.
Our wireless network supports 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. We recommend the 802.11b and 802.11g protocols because those standards support faster download speeds.
Where To Buy
Each student is also provided with storage space on a network server that can be accessed from any computer on the campus network. This server is backed up each day and is a very reliable place to store your documents and files. We also recommend that you purchase a computer with a CD-RW drive that can write data to a CD. Another recommended form of portable storage is the removable “flash” or “jump” drives that plug into a computer’s USB port.
Anti-virus and Anti-spyware software
You must protect your computer from viruses and malicious spyware. The most effective way to do this is to install anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer, make sure that this software is being kept up to date, and routinely scan your computer for viruses and spyware.
Go to the “Software Downloads” page on my.lakeforest.edu for the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Students are responsible for keeping personally owned computers free from viruses and software. LIT staff cannot help students clean up computers that become infected with viruses or spyware if you they are not using College-supplied anti-virus software.
If you have questions, feel free to call the Help Desk at x5544 from campus phones. From off campus, call 847-735-5544. Questions may also be directed to the Help Desk email account firstname.lastname@example.org.