TechStop: Hardware/Software Recommendations

TechStop: Hardware/Software Recommendations

Cedarville University is pleased to provide an environment in which students, faculty, and staff can connect their personally-owned computers and network-capable mobile devices to the network and gain access to their CedarNet accounts and the Internet. In order to gain the most benefit from this access, information technology recommends the following minimum computer configurations.


This help page addresses general recommendations. These recommendations do not take into consideration your degree. For example, engineering students may need more from a hardware/software standpoint than music majors.

Hardware Recommendations


Information technology recommends that students purchase a full-featured laptop as their primary computer (e.g., iOS tablets, Windows Surface RTs, and Chromebooks are all not suitable as a primary device.) 

  • Processor:
    • PC: Any recent Intel or AMD-based chip (dual core or quad-core recommended)
    • Mac: Any relatively recent Intel-based model
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Networking:
    • Wired: 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet card
    • Wireless: 802.11a/g/n wireless adapter (internal or add-on card)
  • Operating System:
    • PC: Windows 7 or later
    • Mac: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later

In most cases, a computer purchased within the last three years will be sufficient for connection to Cedarville's network. If you have any questions regarding whether your computer meets the above requirements, you can print this page and visit your local computer store to have their staff confirm its compatibility with the network.

If you wish to purchase a new computer to bring to campus with you, information technology has arranged partnerships with several vendors to provide computers at a discounted rate for students, faculty, and staff. Please visit our new computer site for more information.


Students bringing a laptop to campus do not necessarily need a DVD drive on their laptop. Information technology's TechStop team has an external DVD drive that students can use to load software. Or, if students want to, they can purchase their own external DVD drive. 

For wireless connection details, please visit the main Wireless page or the Frequently Asked Questions about Wireless page.

Software Recommendations

  • Operating System (any of the following):
    • Microsoft Windows 7 recommended
    • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or later
  • Security Software:
  • Internet Browser (any of the following):
    • Google Chrome (recommended)
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Safari
    • Internet Explorer
  • Office Productivity Software (recommended)
    • Microsoft Office Professional is provided on University-owned computers but not for personally-owned devices. Students may purchase a discounted copy of Microsoft Office from the University bookstore. Please visit the Software Pricing web page for more details.
    • While this software is not a requirement, most students use Microsoft Office or comparable products (e.g., iWork, Google Docs, or other free alternatives) for papers, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
  • Email:
    • For email, the University uses web-based Google Mail.


While the following are not required for connection to CedarNet, it is strongly recommended that you have easy access to these items in case you need any assistance from TechStop.

  • Surge protector or uninterruptable power supply
  • External CD/DVD drive
  • System restore software, including operating system disk and license information, if available
  • Installation disks for any software you have added to your computer

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