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To get useful tech tips, advance notice of scheduled downtime for services like Blackboard and Catmail, and even the occasional free cookies or pizza from the Tech Depot, you should:
Before you arrive on campus, you should log into My OHIO and your Catmail account at least once to confirm that you remember your password:
If you want a sneak preview of how you will register for classes, watch this video:
Any device brought to campus – wireless or wired – needs to be registered on our network each academic term. Save yourself time and stress by registering your devices in advance.
Do this after July 1, 2013:
If you have more than one device, or if you want to register both the Ethernet and WiFi adapters in a laptop, repeat steps 2 & 3 for each device or adapter.
You can register devices when you arrive, too. If you choose this route, connect to the network, open a web browser, and a registration page should load automatically. If you have any questions, visit the Network Registration FAQ or contact the OIT Service Desk at 740-593-1222.
Computers - The Tech Depot carries Apple computers and business-class Dell computers. We do not sell consumer-class computers, so if you want to do any comparison shopping, make sure you are looking at comparable systems. You get what you pay for...
Printers, streaming media systems, and other accessories - Wireless accessories like printers and streaming TV systems will not work on our network! When shopping for accessories and peripherals, make sure they include the ability to connect via wire. For printers, that's usually a USB connection.
Apple devices - The Tech Depot sells Apple computers, iPods, and iPads. We do not sell phones.
We offer multiple ways to get computer, network, and other tech-related help:
If you need to get a computer fixed, the Tech Depot is a factory-authorized repair center for "business class" computers from Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
Once you register for classes, you will be eligible to download and install Sophos-Anti Virus at no charge. We strongly recommend using it!
If you already have a different anti-virus program, you should consider uninstalling it and replacing it with Sophos.
Remember - you can't download Sophos until AFTER you register for classes!
As an OHIO student, you can take advantage of many software site licenses and educational discounts. Most discounts and free downloads require that you be registered for classes.
The university has 100% wall-to-wall wireless Internet coverage. To connect to our wireless network, your devices need to support WPA2 Enterprise. Most laptops, tablets, and smart phones should work just fine, but wireless accessories like printers will not.
We also have Ethernet available in all residence hall rooms and classrooms, in case you have a device that needs to be plugged in. If you need to share an Ethernet jack with roommates, you can borrow a switch and cables from the Tech Depot.
We have a lot of bandwidth available at OHIO, but with close to 8000 people living in the residence halls, there's always a chance of virtual traffic jams. When that happens, academic traffic takes priority over entertainment:
Follow these seven simple steps to protect yourself online:
Emergency notifications - If you have a text-capable cell phone, make sure it is entered correctly into the university's emergency text messaging service. Should an emergency develop on the Athens campus, you could receive timely information about the situation via automated text message.
We are required by law to take measures on our network to address copyright violations. If you are detected downloading or uploading copyrighted materials, you will receive a warning after your first offense. A second offense will get you blocked on the network and will require a personal visit to the Tech Depot to restore service. A third offense will result in an ongoing network block and a referral to the Office of Community Standards.
iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and other legal services will not get you blocked. Torrenting copyrighted files WILL get you blocked.
Should you be sued by the RIAA, the university can play no role in providing for legal defense. You will be responsible for all matters in responding to a lawsuit. If you have paid the Center for Student Legal Services fee, you can obtain free legal advice from the Center; however, the Center cannot represent you in a copyright lawsuit, as this is outside the scope of their board-approved mandate.
Centrally managed labs are available in the following locations:
Technology Depot in Baker Center 112
Alden Library Learning Commons - managed jointly with the library
Some academic departments also maintain labs specifically for students in their programs.
If you qualify for financial aid, and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is less than $8000, you may be eligible to borrow a desktop computer from the Allen Student Help Center in Baker Center at no charge.
Many instructors at OHIO use Blackboard to provide an online component to their courses. Blackboard is fairly easy to get used to, but there are a few quirks to our system that nearly everyone gets confused by when they first arrive: