After a long day spent waiting for elevators in HoJo, or climbing stairs in Stacy with boxes in hand, the last thing you probably want is the headache of troubleshooting any new technology problems when you finally get moved in. That’s why we’ve worked with ResNet, UNC’s on-site IT support for students that live on campus, to give you a guide for getting your technology set up when you first move in to your residence hall.
Here is UNC senior and ResNet staff member Xzavier Rice to explain what to bring and not bring, and some basic advice for getting you devices set-up:
To reiterate some of the points from the video here are some devices you don’t need or shouldn’t bring to campus:
- Wireless routers or personal hotspots cause interference with our network. We give you free Wifi! Use it!
- Google Home and Chromecast unfortuantely also interfere with our network, and will not work on campus
- Sonos and smart home devices also will not work on campus
- Wireless printers do work on our network, but since you are given $40 in CCI printing money each semester and printers are available across campus, you may not find them useful
Here are devices that WILL work on campus
- Amazon Firesticks, FireTV, and Echo
- Sony Playstations 3 and 4
- Xbox One and 360
For more technical information on banned and permitted devices, visit help.unc.edu.
Like Xzavier said in the video, all TVs have to have a QAM tuner to work. If you don’t want to bring a TV at all, UNC now offers streaming TV to all students through IPTV. You can also find out more about how to set it up at help.unc.edu.
Also, remember if you need help with any of your technology during the move-in process, Support Sites will be available on Friday 8/16 and Saturday 8/17 from 3-8 p.m. in Hinton James, Ehringhaus, Craige, and Graham/Aycock.