Requirements

MSU RESnet supports Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows PC's, and Linux/Unix computers which meet the minimum specified requirements below. RESnet applicants whose computers do not meet the recommended requirements may still connect to RESnet, however, we will not be able to provide support for these systems.

RESnet Minimum Supported Computer Requirements:

PC

MAC

512+MB RAM

512+MB RAM

Intel Pentium processor or better

G3 processor or better

10 GB hard drive

10 GB hard drive

CD-ROM

CD-ROM

Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix

MAC O/S 9 or higher

10Base-T Ethernet card: 3Com

10Base-T Ethernet card: Apple

An RJ-45 Cat 5 Ethernet cable

An RJ-45 Cat 5 Ethernet cable

RESnet Recommended Computer Requirements:

PC

MAC

1GB RAM

1GB RAM

Pentium 4 or AMD equivalent processor

G5 processor

40GB hard drive

40GB hard drive

DVD-RW

ComboDrive DVD/CD-RW

Microsoft Windows Vista or XP Pro with Service Pack 2

Mac OS X

10/100 Base-T Ethernet card

10/100 Base-T Ethernet card

An RJ-45 Cat 5 Ethernet cable

An RJ-45 Cat 5 Ethernet cable

Ethernet Card
Ethernet card is a computer hardware component that the computer to physically connect to the network. RESnet connectivity requires at a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet card.

Network Patch Cables
RESnet also requires an RJ-45 Category 5 Ethernet cable. We found that a 14 feet cable is sufficient for most rooms as it can be run along the wall and behind furniture.
Both the network card and/or RJ-45 Category 5 Ethernet cable at the MSU University Bookstore (located in the Student Center) or your local computer vendor.

Operating System/Ethernet Card Media
Please make sure you bring with you the Operating System and Network Card media that comes with the system (diskettes or CDs). You may need them in your configuration setup and troubleshooting RESnet access. RESnet will NOT provide Operating system diskettes or CDs.

Anti-Virus Software
Every student is required to have an up-to-date anti-virus software installed on their own computer system which they bring to use on campus. A University licensed version of Sophos anti-virus software is available for students if necessary. For more information visit the Computer Security page.