Recommendations and Requirements

Bringing a personal computer to campus?  Here is some required and recommended computer hardware and software to bring with you.

All Computers

  • 25′ Ethernet patch cord (for wired connection)
  • 802.11b or g (for wireless connection)

Macintosh

  • Macintosh OS 10.6.X or higher
  • All Macintosh OS critical updates
  • Free Anti-Virus software provided by Simpson College

Windows

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
  • All Microsoft Windows critical updates
  • Free Anti-Virus software provided by Simpson College

To connect your computer to the Simpson College network just follow the “Get Connected” link on Simpson College Information Technology Services homepage.  There are three main steps; connecting to the SCSTUDENT wireless SSID, installing Cisco NAS client on your computer, and validating your computer by logging on to Cisco NAS to make sure you have a current anti-virus software and to make sure you have all your Windows critical system updates.  If you don’t have a current A/V software package then you will be prompted to install Simpson’s FREE anti-virus software package from Kaspersky.

Below are the recommended system configurations for connecting to the Simpson College Network.  Having a computer that meets or exceeds these guidelines will help ensure your ability to connect to our network.

Macintosh Desktop or NotebookAny current model of Macintosh notebook or desktop
computer Apple is offering or one purchased within
the past 12 months.Operating System
Mac OS 10.8Productivity Software
Office:Mac 2011 University
Windows Desktop or NotebookAny current model of HP/Compaq, Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Acer, Asus, Panasonic, etc. notebook or desktop computer being offered or one purchased within the past 12 months.Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7Productivity Software
Microsoft Office University 2010