You will need an up-to-date computer to make full use of your ResNet connection. See below for our current requirements and recommendations for each computer operating system.
The following configuration is recommended for students who intend to keep a computer for four years without a major upgrade:
|Desktop Computer||Laptop Computer|
|Monitor||24 inch LCD, 1080p||Personal Preference|
|Operating System||Windows 7/8.1, 64-bit, Home Premium or higher, fully updated with firewall enabled||Windows 7/8.1, 64-bit, Home Premium or higher, fully updated with firewall enabled|
|Processor/CPU||Sixth Generation Intel Core i5-6600 (Quad Core) or AMD A8-7650K (3.4 Ghz, Dual Module)||Current generation Intel Core i5 (2.4 Ghz, Dual Core) or AMD APU 8-3500M|
|Graphics/GPU||AMD Radeon R7 370 or Nvidia GTX 950 or higher||Integrated graphics|
|RAM||16 GB||16 GB|
|Hard Drive||256 GB solid state drive (SSD) with internal/external 1TB Storage Hard Drive||256 GB solid state drive (SSD) with 1TB External Storage Hard Drive|
|Networking Hardware||10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter||10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Wireless Adapter|
|Software||Office 365 (Free - Login with your UCSD credentials @ http://portal.office.com/)||Office 365 (Free - Login with your UCSD credentials @ http://portal.office.com/|
*A solid state drive is a storage drive that does not use "traditional" hard drive technology of recording data on magnetic disks, meaning it has no moving parts. This makes them more reliable, faster, and less prone to data loss from dropping / carrying a laptop around. The downside is solid state technology is still more expensive than "traditional" hard drive technology, and space is still a limiting factor. If a solid state drive is purchased, we recommend also purchasing an external hard drive for data storage.
Small, lightweight computers with reasonable processing power and high build quality have become popular in the last couple of years and are suitable for academic work. However, many of these computers lack Ethernet ports, forcing you to rely on wireless only. If you choose to purchase a We highly recommend that you purchase a USB Ethernet adapter for use in your dorm room, as wireless is only guaranteed in the common rooms.
Below are the minimum required specifications for any Windows computer to be used on the network. It is not recommended to use a computer on campus that does not meet these specifications. Computers that do not meet these minimum requirements will receive limited support.
The following configruation is recommended for students who intend to keep a computer for four years without a major upgrade:
|Desktop Computer||Laptop Computer|
|Computer||21.5" iMac with 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor||MacBook Pro 13",15" (Personal preference)|
|Operating System||OS X Yosemite (10.10), fully updated with firewall enabled||OS X Yosemite (10.10), fully updated with firewall enabled|
|RAM||16 GB||16 GB|
|Hard Drive||1TB Fusion Drive with 1+ TB External Time Machine Backup Drive||256 GB SSD with 1+ TB External Time Machine Backup Drive|
|Networking Hardware||10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter||10/100/1000, 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC|
|Software||Office 365 (Free - Login with your UCSD credentials @ http://portal.office.com/)||Office 365 (Free - Login with your UCSD credentials @ http://portal.office.com/)|
All of the current laptop offerings from Apple are Wi-Fi only; they do not have a wired Ethernet port on them. As ResNet's wireless coverage is only guaranteed in the common rooms, we highly recommend that you purchase a USB or Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter for use in your bedroom.
Only the iMac 27" and Mac Pro feature user-replaceable / upgradable memory. If you are purchasing any of the following computers, you will not be able to upgrade or replace your memory after your purchase. ResNet recommends maximizing your memory configuration prior to purchase:
Below are the minimum required specifications for any Macintosh computer to be used on the network. It is not recommended to use a computer on campus that does not meet these specifications. Computers that do not meet these minimum requirements will receive limited support.
There are no minimum hardware requirements for running Linux / Unix. If you can get it to run, congratulations!
You must ensure that the operating system and all software is kept up to date. Security updates come out for most Linux distributions daily. It is your responsibility to stay on top of these updates to ensure conformance with the Acceptable Use Policy and, more importantly, to keep your machine from getting broken into.
Some of the most common pitfalls of Linux machines are configurations that have been overlooked. A few things to watch out for are:
Additionally, you must configure your firewall (IPTables) to prevent unwanted connections.
Linux is available in many different "flavors" known as "distros". A few of the most popular ones are:
Ubuntu has been hailed eWeek as the most popular Linux distros today. It is the easiest to install and use for first-time Linux users, but versatile enough for pro-users as well. Recommended for beginner to advanced Linux users.
A build of Ubuntu making use of a clean user interface, Linux Mint is the 4th most-widely used operating system behind Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu. Mint makes use of a more traditional user interface that PC switchers may find useful.
Gentoo throws you head first into Linux knowledge by having you build your system from the ground up. Recommended for intermediate to advanced Linux users that want to learn a lot and run a very customized operating system.
One of the longest running distributions, Debian is still under active development, but releases more slowly than other Linux distros. It tends to be used for servers, rather than desktops.
The open source (and free) version of SUSE from Novell.
Another commercial Linux distribution that comes with support. Recommended for Linux beginners.
A Red Hat-Sponsored Community Project.
The most common Unix variant (aside from Linux) is BSD, developed at UC Berkeley. The most popular open source distributions of BSD are: