Technology FAQ for New Students

Computers


What do I need for my personal computer to work on the new wireless network?

All you need is a 802.11g/n wireless network adapter that supports WPA2-PSK encryption.

 

If I want to purchase my own computer do you offer any discounts?

Covenant has an agreement for reduced prices from Dell computers. Please see this link for more details.

 

When will the Labs and Clusters be available for my use?

Labs are open Monday - Friday from 7:45 AM – 12:00 AM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM. Clusters are always open.

 

How many computers are available in each area and what type of equipment can I expect to find?

Descriptions of the labs can be found here.

 

What kind of software is installed on the lab and cluster computers?

Descriptions of software on the lab and cluster computers can be found here.

 

What are the password complexity requirements?

Passwords must be no less than nine characters total, and must include at least three of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, or punctuation. Passwords may not contain any three contiguous letters of your name. Passwords may not be set to any of the last five passwords the account has used.

Some symbols are not compatible with Banner and therefore should not be used. The following is a list of symbols that are known to be incompatible:
@ $ & " ( ) < > ` ; = # blank_space

 

Printers


Can I print to my personal printer?

We recommend that you connect to your personal printer via USB cable. Wireless connectivity is possible, but you will need security measures in place; otherwise, anyone can print to your computer.

 

Telephones


What kind of cellular reception can I expect?

AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon offer pretty good coverage on campus and around the local proximity. On campus coverage from most other service providers is weak.