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Technology News for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

All residence hall rooms and Northern View Community apartments have high-speed Internet access and NIU Wi-Fi. To get online with any Internet enabled device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.) simply open a web browser to be redirected to a web page where you will login with your Z-ID and password. That’s it!

NIU and Housing & Dining expect students to prepare their computer or laptop as follows prior to coming to NIU:

  • Make sure the Operating System is configured for automatic security updates
    • As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP; we highly recommend that if you’re bringing a Windows device to campus it should be running Windows Vista or higher.
  • Install Anti-Virus software and make sure it is configured for automatic updates (NIU provides McAfee Enterprise free of charge; download at http://www.students.niu.edu/provisioning/)
    • IMPORTANT: to avoid problems with your computer, uninstall all anti-virus software before installing another anti-virus program
  • Wired NIC (Network Interface Controller) and RJ-45 Ethernet cable are required to use the in-room connection
  • Wireless 802.11 b/g/n NIC and Operating system that supports WPA Enterprise and PEAP/EAP-MSCHAPv2 authentication are required to use NIU Wi-Fi (refer to http://securenet.niu.edu for details; refer to http://restech.niu.edu/WPACompatible for information about WPA Enterprise device compatibility).

Personal routers and/or wireless access points are prohibited. Unmanaged hubs and switches can be used if residents want to connect more than one network device in their room. Stevenson residents sharing a bedroom may check out a hub at the ResTech Helpdesk in Stevenson 110C if they need to connect more than one device to the network.

Contact the ResTech Helpdesk with questions: 815-753-6267

Computer Labs and Anywhere Printing

Computer Labs

Residence hall computer labs are open 24/7 and are located in Neptune North, Grant, Stevenson, and Northern View Community. There are also lab computers in hall lobbies and in the Gilbert Hall 1st floor lounge and New Hall Community Building lounge. For fall 2013 we have added the following enhancements to the labs:

  • Group study area in Douglas Computer Lab.
  • Tables with power for laptop users in Stevenson, Grant, and Douglas Computer Labs, and the Neptune North Art Gallery outside the lab.
  • Three additional computers in the Northern View Community Study Lounge, next to the lab.
  • Lounge furniture in Douglas and Stevenson Computer Labs and the Neptune North Art Gallery.

Anywhere Printing

Anywhere Printing enables students to print and copy in color and black & white, and scan to USB or email from labs or from any personal device with an Internet connection. Students’ print quota and pay-for-print can all be retrieved from any of the Anywhere Printers on campus. For more information about Anywhere Printing and NIU print policies, check out the signs near the Anywhere Printers, or the ITS web site. Print jobs can be retrieved at any of the forty multi-function machines around campus, including eleven in the residence halls:

  • Gilbert Hall 1st floor lounge
  • Grant North Computer lab
  • Neptune Computer Lab
  • Neptune Central, 1st floor
  • New Hall East and West lobby and New Hall Community Building lobby
  • Northern View Community, outside the lab
  • Stevenson Computer Lab
NIU Wi-Fi in the Residence Halls

NIU Wi-Fi is available in all residents' rooms, in the floor lounges, in public locations in every residence hall and in the Northern View Community apartments and Community Building. This includes all meetings rooms, dining rooms, laundry rooms, computer labs, and the Neptune Central 1st floor fireplace lounge and Trident.

Click here to see the requirements for using Wi-Fi in the residence halls.

ResTech Schedule for Summer

ResTech Computer Labs:

  • Stevenson Lab and NVC Lab are open 24/7.
  • Lab workstations are available in the New Hall Community Building and the Gilbert Lounge.

ResTech Helpdesk:

  • June 2-August 8: the Helpdesk will be open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5:30 pm
  • August 11-15: the Helpdesk will be open Monday - Friday, 8-noon and 1 - 4:30pm
Copyright Information and Legal Alternatives

To comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, colleges and universities, including NIU, must address copyright infringement and illegal file sharing issues on campus.

Click here for more information about copyright infringement.

Free and Legal Music, Movies, and Television

EDUCAUSE is a great resource for legally downloading music, TV, movies and more.

Valuable Links

Safe Computing - The information you need to keep your computer secure.

Information Security - NIU's security and technology policies.

Information Technology Services (ITS) - General technology information for students.

Blackboard - NIU's Course Management System

Password Reset - Forget your password? Look up, change, or reset your password here, 24/7.

NIU Weather - A small division of the Heating Plant and Environmental Health and Safety, NIU Weather provides updated meteorological information and weather warnings for the NIU campus.