Computers & Devices

What kind of Document Camera should I use?

A document camera (a.k.a. ‘doc cam’) is a more modern version of an overhead projector. It’s useful for writing or diagramming about a topic, but also for the demonstration of a practice or technique. Although a standard webcam could also be used for this, a webcam may not… Continue reading »

Remote Computer Access

Remote Access allows you to connect to your on campus computer from a computer off campus. for instructions click the OS that matches what you are using on campus. Windows 10 To remote into your Williams issued Windows 10 computer from a computer off campus follow these steps: On… Continue reading »

Network Device Registration

Most wireless devices can connect to Eduroam.  If wireless authentication does not work then your device may need to be registered by OIT.  Some of these include game consoles, Smart TVs, streaming devices, etc. Please use the form below to submit a registration request. Once a request is submitted we… Continue reading »

Windows and Office Activation

Microsoft Windows OSs and Office Suites, that are install on OIT provided computers, all need to be “activated” every six months by contacting the OIT license server.  This is a requirement put in place by Microsoft to reduce piracy. There are typically two reasons a computer cannot activate: If it… Continue reading »

Purchasing a Computer (Faculty/Staff)

Departments planning on purchasing big ticket computer items such as monitors, printers or computers themselves should be purchased through the Office for Information Technology. This is to ensure that the best academic price is reached and that the college tax-free status is utilized. Also, monitors and printers will generally require… Continue reading »

Computer Recycling (Greenup) Program

PLEASE do not put your computer equipment in the trash. For one, it’s not green. Two, it’s not safe – someone could grab your computer, boot it up and read all your files. Even if your computer is broken or doesn’t boot someone could still take the drive out and… Continue reading »

Student Guide to Technology at Williams

Recommended Brands for student computers OIT recommends Apple and Dell computers for their reliability and configurations.  Dell has service technicians in the area who make service calls to the college for computer requiring warranty repair. Williams College is committed to supporting both PCs and Macs. Academic departments and our… Continue reading »

Electronic Device Support

OIT provides support for many electronic devices.  Although we can’t anticipate all the ways in which these devices will be used we do offer a list of standard services that OIT provides for them. Prior to purchase, please read the Electronic Device Policy as stated by… Continue reading »

Initial setup for iPads

Plug the iPad in to a power source.  Click the top button to turn it on if it doesn’t turn on automatically. One of the first things it will do is prompt to join a wireless network.  If this is your own device then join “Purple Air”.  You will be… Continue reading »

Determining MAC Addresses for Network Devices

A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a number that identifies the network adapter(s) on your device. You may need to provide your MAC address to register on the Williams Network if your device does not easily connect to Wi-Fi. To find the MAC address of your device, following the… Continue reading »

Working From Off-Campus

There are many resources available to college faculty and staff when working remotely.  Some are straightforward and require no configuration, while some require prior setup or further consideration. These are resources you can access from anywhere, with any computer or tablet: Google Apps for Education (Email, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets… Continue reading »