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Back-to-School Tips for BC Students

08/14/11

Believe it or not, the summer is nearly over, and the academic year is soon to begin.

BC students bring a lot of technology with them to campus – computers, tablet devices, smartphones, and video game consoles.  Remember these tips to help you get and stay connected to the BC network.

All summer long, EagleTechs Taylor McEldowney and Aaron Staudinger have been telling students new to BC what to expect with technology on campus. Here are some additional tips for those new and returning to campus in the next few weeks, with some videos along the way.

Activate Your Devices

BC now enables students to activate their devices on the network.  All devices that use wireless internet require activation, which is now easier than ever.  Obtain the device’s MAC address (please see your device’s instructions for finding the IP address) and visit bc.edu/activate, which provides step-by-step instructions to activate your devices.

Use BCSecure

Are you using the secure network?  BC provides two networks for students, faculty, and staff: a public network and a secure network.  Make sure your devices are hooked up to the bcsecure network so that you can be safe while surfing the web.

Use Remote Printing

Students can save time and avoid long lines by connecting to the BC printing network.  This allows you to send print jobs remotely, from your room or anywhere on campus that has internet access.  Why wait in line when you can send your print job ahead of time and have it waiting for you at the CTRC? 

Tips & Tricks

Here are some tips to make your technology life easier:

  • Remember to turn off your wireless printer.  If you connect your printer to the wireless network, it is available to all BC students.  Remember to disable your printer after you print so that other students are not using your printer.
  • Do not bring your own wireless router.  That is why BC provides wireless in the dorms.  Do not hook up your own router or BC will disable it and block you from the network.
  • Give your computer a fresh start for the year. Back up your data and remove any unnecessary files from your hard drive.  Be sure you to keep your anti-virus program up-to-date; don’t be running around because your computer has a virus.
  • Ask for help if you need it! Staff Walk-In Help Center, Help Desk, and Hardware Repair are technology experts – use their knowledge to your advantage!