Student Personal Technology Recommendations

Environment: Personally Owned Computer Devices

Problem: What type of computer is recommended for studying at StFX.

Hardware recommendations:

Minimum Requirements

Processor Intel Core i5 or AMD Equivalent 

RAM 8 GB 

Hard Drive 256 GB  

Display 1024 x 768 

Remote Meetings

Recommendations

Built-in 720p webcam. 

Laptop integrated microphone and speakers. 

A wired headset with microphone can improve meeting experience.

 

Connectivity Requirements 

·         A high-speed Internet connection, preferably high-speed ADSL, Cable, or similar 

·         For example, if your connection can support Skype, Netflix and/or YouTube it should be sufficient 

·         A wired connection to your home Internet router can improve performance in some cases

Operating System 

·         Windows 10  

·         Mac OS Catalina or later 

·         Chromebooks may not provide functionality required 

All available operating system updates must be applied

Browser 

Latest stable release of one of the following: 

·         Chrome (preferred for Collaborate) 

·         Firefox  

·         Microsoft Edge

Office & Connectivity Software 

All students can install and use the institution's Microsoft Office 365 license on up to 5 devices at no additional cost.  

·         We recommend every student install the full Microsoft Office suite on their device, including Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Visio for Windows users.

The Office package can be installed by going to office365.stfx.ca, logging int using your StFX credentials and clicking the "Install Office" button in the upper right corner.

Security Requirements 

It is highly recommended that your computer operating system be fully up to date and that you have installed an anti-virus/anti-malware tool. 

·         Windows: 

·         Operating system updated to latest version 

·         Up to date antivirus software, such as Windows Defender which comes free with Windows 10. 

·         mac OS: 

·         Operating system updated to latest version 

·         We recommend an industry leading antivirus solution; online review sites can provide guidance on the best products. 

Staying in Residence?

Residence technology recommendations

  • Along with campus wide wireless access each residence room is equipped with an ethernet connection.
  • Wireless printers and personal routers can cause connection issues in residences therefore are not permitted.  Printers that connect with a usb cable are allowed.
  • StFX offers best effort support for the connection of your gaming or streaming devices.  If the device has an Ethernet port we recommend bringing a cable for connection.  Gaming and Streaming devices without an ethernet cable will need to be registered by submitting your devices Mac address after arriving on campus.

Register your Gaming/Streaming Device

Details

Article ID: 89348
Created
Fri 6/19/20 4:10 PM
Modified
Wed 8/26/20 7:44 PM