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Tech Ready: Families

Tech Ready: Families

Tech Ready: Student Records and Finances

Accessing student records and finances

Making payments and deposits across student accounts

  • Your student account balance details all charges and payments to your student financial account.
    • You can make a payment on a student account by eCheck, credit card, personal check, or wire payment.
  • Bobcat Cash is money put on deposit with the University (similar to a prepaid debit card) that can be used in a variety of locations. 
  • Money can be added to Guest Printing Cards or a Bobcat Cash account for printing at Alden Library.

Connect to Wi-Fi

Faculty, staff and students: Computers, phones and tabletsGame consoles, TVs, streaming sticks, smart speakers, printers, etc.

General Public: Guest network instructions

Outdoor Wi-Fi Coverage

Eduroam: Computers, phones and tablets

Eduroam is OHIO's preferred wi-fi for students, faculty, staff, emeriti, and sponsored guests. It's fast, secure, and includes free wi-fi at hundreds of universities. A Device Registration tool is available for devices that do not support eduroam. 

  1. Go to your device's wi-fi settings and choose eduroam.
  2. Log in with your full OHIOID@ohio.edu email address and OHIO password.
  3. If prompted to continue connecting, choose Connect.

Connecting to eduroam at other institutions

If you will be traveling to other participating eduroam schools and institutions, you can install the eduroam Configuration Assistant Tool to make it easier to connect to those schools' wi-fi. (Android owners should install the eduroamCAT app from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore before trying to install the Ohio University CAT tool.)

Fixing dropped connections on a Mac

If your Mac randomly drops its wireless connection, first make sure you are using eduroam. If installing eduroam and forgetting the OHIO University network does not fix the issue, follow these steps to update your Mac's trust settings.

Device Registration

Personal routers are not allowed on our network. Follow the steps below to connect a device that does not work with eduroam (TV, game console, smart speaker, streaming device, wireless printer, etc.):

  1. You will need to know your device's MAC Address.
  2. Using a computer, phone, tablet or other browser-equipped device that is already connected to our eduroam wi-fi, log into wireless.ohio.edu.
  3. Follow the prompts to register your device(s). You can register as many devices as you like.
  4. Once you have registered a device, connect it to the Ohio University Guest wi-fi.
    Registered devices are exempt from the guest network's bandwidth restrictions. 

Printable Device Registration instructions (PDF)

Connection instructions for the general public

  1. Go to your wireless settings and connect to the OHIO University Guest network.
  2. In the Guests section, accept the terms and conditions.

No login is required. Keep in mind that this connection is low speed and will not allow you to access on-campus services like printing, wireless display projection, and shared network drives. If you need a faster connection or access to such services and you are not eligible for eduroam, you will need someone to sponsor your access.

Tech Ready: Hardware Recommendations

Hardware recommendations

To ensure a device can accommodate university standard tools, OIT recommends the following minimum computing recommendations for students, faculty, and staff:

  • Device type: laptop or tablet
  • Operating system: Windows 10 or Mac OS (supported)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 250 GB hard drive (solid state recommended over hard disk drive)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent 
  • Network adapter: Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n (802.11ac recommended)
  • Display: 1280 x 768 or greater (Office 365 minimum)
  • Webcam: Yes - internal or external
  • Microphone: Yes - internal or external (can be found on many standard headphones)
  • Physical keyboard: Yes

For hardware specifications specific to your major, consider shopping by major at the Bobcat Depot.

Ohio University has instituted a laptop loaner program for any student who needs a computer during the Covid-19 pandemic (while supplies last). Learn more on the OHIO Coronavirus Technology Resources page.