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To get you started, here is a short checklist complete with applicable resources that should help you prepare to work and access campus resources remotely:

Do you have  ...?

  • A laptop or desktop computer (preferably university-owned) or tablet with a keyboard.
    • Don't forget your charger for each device!
  • Peripheral devices such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, scanner, etc.
    • Feel free to contact IT to check the availability of specific equipment, or if you have a question about what other equipment to take home with you.
  • A webcam - This may be built into your laptop/device, or you may use an external device such as a USB webcam.
    • This is only really needed if you need to visibly participate in a video call (i.e. Zoom or Google Meet), as most web conferencing options will also allow you to call in with a phone number for access to the meeting with audio-only.
  • A microphone - Oftentimes, this will come built-in to a USB webcam, but you may find that earbuds or headphones with in-line/built-in microphones tend to have better voice quality.  USB microphones are also good options if you plan on recording lectures and desire high-quality audio.
  • Internet - Either commercially provided (e.g., Comcast (Xfinity) or AT&T), or a wireless hotspot through your mobile phone.
    • If you are not sure how to create a hotspot using your mobile phone, check with your mobile phone provider.

Will you need to ...?

  • Access the H: and S: drives from home - Aside from Google Drive, this is probably the most likely place that you will have files stored.  Here are the ways in which you can access these resources remotely: 
  • Remotely access your desktop physically located on campus - Some members of the campus community may find that they cannot transfer their entire work stations to a remote environment.  In this case, it is possible to use Microsoft Remote Desktop to control your on-campus PC remotely from your home PC/laptop.
  • Receive calls that would normally go to your office phone - Forwarding You Phone Extension
    • Using this trick, your cell phone could be used as a remote office phone without needing to give out the number!
    • Forward Your Mitel Phone Extension - First Time:

      Without picking up the handset, press and hold call forwarding on your phone.
      Press down arrow, press left arrow for call forward, press left arrow for review, press left arrow to program.  Enter your call forwarding number, 8 + 10 digit number. Press enter to submit.  Press the red end key.  Now you can press the call forwarding button and it will turn red, sending calls to your call forwarded location.    To unforward calls, simply press the call forwarding button again, and the red light will go out.

      If you've already programmed this button, you will simply need to press the call forwarding button to send calls to your call forward location.  Press again to unforward.

  • Access a Remote Lab (for students) - Our Using Remote Labs article should get you started on accessing computer lab resources from home.

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