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What Does My Computer Need to Connect to the BC Network?

If you will be bringing a computer with you to Boston College, review the minimum specifications below to ensure that it will be able to connect to the campus network. Note that in some circumstances Windows "Home" versions  are not recommended.

Required Minimum Specifications

 

Windows

Mac

Operating System
BC recommends Microsoft Windows 7 Professional with the latest system updates.
Note: Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP.
Most BC services will work with OS X (10.5) Leopard, but BC recommends OS X (10.9) Mavericks with the latest system updates.
Anti-Virus Protection

Make sure to install BC's version of Anti-Virus software (McAfee Enterprise) and ePO before you get to campus. If you do not, your network access may be discontinued until you do so. Get the free Anti-Virus software, and learn more at: bc.edu/virus. Download ePO for free from bc.edu/epo.

Download Sophos Anti-Virus software free and learn more at bc.edu/virus.

Software Updates It is extremely important that operating system software, application software (i.e., Microsoft Office), web browsers (i.e., Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.), and all browser plug-ins (Java, Flash, RealPlayer, etc.) are ALWAYS kept up-to-date. Learn how to stay protected by keeping your software up-to-date.
BC Wireless Access

A wireless network card (most Windows computers come equipped with one)

Note: BC no longer supports 802.11b wireless technology.

A wireless network card (most Apple computers come equipped with one)

Note: BC no longer supports 802.11b wireless technology.

BC Wired Access An Ethernet network card and Ethernet cable (most Windows computers come equipped with an Ethernet card)
An Ethernet network card and Ethernet cable (some Apple laptops may require an Ethernet adapter)

 

Connecting to the Internet

You must activate your computer on the BC network to access the Internet.

 

Concerned about Malware?

Learn what BC recommends to remove malware from your Windows computer.