ISCT: Fall 2013 Requirements and Specifications
It is required that all cadets have a desktop or laptop computer and printer. Wireless capability exists in several academic buildings across campus as well as in both Hagerman and Saunders Barracks. Prior to purchasing a new computer, Academy Prep cadets should contact the Academy Prep advisor for information regarding leasing or purchasing a computer
Before you buy a computer, please read this page carefully.
All computers to be used on the NMMI network should include, monitor, printer, Windows operating system, Ethernet card and cable, 3-year on-site warranty (parts and labor) and telephone/internet support for hardware problems.
NMMI requires any of the Windows XP operating systems (Home, Pro, Media Edition) or any version of Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 and the software suite listed below.
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional is the standard productivity software at NMMI. The Institute has a Microsoft CampusWide License agreement which allows us to issue Microsoft Office 2010 Professional to all students. The software suite can be installed from the NMMI network when cadets arrive on campus.
Internet Explorer, which normally comes with Windows, is the Internet browser of choice. Firefox and other alternative browsers can be used, however some minor problems may be noted.
Outlook Web Access is provided as a web interface to each cadet's NMMI email. It is each cadet's responsibility to check this email frequently as all campus emails sent to the cadets will likely use this account.
3. Virus and SpyWare Protection
Viruses and SpyWare can lead to slow system performance, lost data, identity theft and computer downtime. NMMI requires that an anti-virus and anti-spyware program be installed to provide this protection. McAfee and AVG can also be used for virus protection. The key is to keep your definitions up to date and make sure your protection is really protecting you.
The configurations listed below represent baseline units that will allow students to operate effectively in the NMMI computing environment. If you already have a system that meets the short-range specifications, your system should be sufficient initially. If you do not yet have a system, we strongly recommend you purchase one that meets the long-range specifications. Other configurations (with slower processors and/or less RAM) may or may not run required software efficiently and will certainly "age" faster than the configurations listed. The specified configurations will allow for the successful completion of academic work.
5. NIC/Ethernet Cards:
A very important part of your computer system is its network interface card, or NIC (also called a network adapter or Ethernet card). The NIC is installed in your computer and allows it to "talk" to the New Mexico Military Institute computer network and the Internet. When you purchase your system, make sure your vendor installs the NIC. An incompatible NIC could prevent your computer from working with the NMMI computer network.
Wireless (WiFi, or 802.11b/g) access is available in all academic buildings as well as in both Hagerman and Saunders Barracks.
6. Ethernet Cables:
Make sure you get a Ethernet patch cable with RJ-45 connectors. These cables often are not included with new systems, so be sure to ask for one. We recommend a 6-foot or longer cable. Each cadet can request an Ethernet cable from Information Services if they did not get one with their computer.
We strongly recommend insurance for cadet computers. Insurance should be provided for the computer under your home owner's policy or from other sources against damage or theft. Please check with your insurance agent or company. It is not covered under the Institute's insurance.
In Summary - Make sure you have the following:
- Operating System (Windows XP Home, Pro, Media Edition, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8) *
- Software Suite (MS Office 2007 or 2010 Professional)
- Virus and SpyWare Protection
- Computer Hardware
- NIC/Ethernet card
- Ethernet cable
Help Us Help You: To ease your transition into the New Mexico Military Institute computing environment this fall:
- Ensure your computer meets the specifications required to work on teh NMMI network.
- Bring with you to campus all the manuals, floppy disks, and CDs you received with your computer. Keep them with you (don't let your parents take them back home). This will help you if you encounter any computing problems.
- Bring a copy of your purchase receipt in case you need to have warranty repair performed.
- Computers shipped to NMMI will be issued following matriculation.
- IS staff will provide connection instructions to help get your computer connected to the network as quickly as possible.
|Operating System||PC - Intel Based or Compatible|
|Microsoft Windows XP (Home, Pro, Media Edition), Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.|
|Non Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 OSes are NOT supported, this includes Linux and MacOS. All provided instructions are written for Windows XP Pro users.|
|Software Suite||PC - Intel Based or Compatible|
|Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, Microsoft Office 2010|
|NMMI will be using Office 2010 during the upcoming academic year. Again the Campus Agreement will allow cadets, faculty and staff to upgrade to Office 2010. Office 2010 installation instructions will be provided during a training session within the first few weeks at NMMI.|
The specifications listed below apply to Intel based PC's or compatible systems, desktops and portables . If you have a computer already and its specifications fall between the short- and long-range systems, you may want to start off at NMMI using that computer.
|Short-range System||Long-range System|
|Processor Speed||2.5 GHz dual core||3 GHz dual and/or quad core|
|Memory (RAM)||4 GB or more||8 GB or more|
|Hard Disk Drive||100+ Gigabytes||250 Gigabytes or better|
|CD/DVD Drive||CD-RW/DVD||DVD burner, CD-RW combo|
|Monitor||17" flat panel||19" flat panels, up to 21" are good options also, larger are not recommended due to limited space in cadet rooms.|
|USB Memory stick||4GB capacity or better||8GB capacity or better|
|Printer||Inkjet or laser||Inkjet or laser|
|Ethernet Card||Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T||Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T|
|Wireless NIC||802.11 b/g||802.11 g/n|
|Modem**||Modems not allowed in barracks||Modems not allowed in barracks|
|Warranty||3 year on-site parts and repairs minimum||3 year on-site parts and repairs minimum|
|**New Mexico Military Institute does not have sufficient telephone lines to support Internet access via modem for the corps. Ethernet is available at all cadet desks providing free access to the Internet. Use of a modem may result in phone restrictions or other disciplinary measures.|
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