TechStop: Hardware/Software Recommendations

TechStop: Hardware/Software Recommendations

TechStop: Hardware/Software Recommendations

Cedarville University is pleased to provide CedarNet, where students (on and off-campus), faculty, and staff can use their computers and mobile devices to access their Cedarville accounts and the Internet. To benefit from this access, information technology recommends the following 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. The Surface 3 tablet is also an option, but most iOS tablets, Windows Surface RTs, and Chromebooks are not suitable as a primary device.

  • Processor:
    • PC: Any recent Intel or AMD-based chip (quad-core or higher recommended)
    • Mac: Any relatively recent Intel-based model (i5+)
  • Memory: 8 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 10 or later
    • Mac: 10.13 High Sierra

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 about 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 page 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 10 recommended
    • Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra or later
  • Security Software:
  • Internet Browser (any of the following):
    • Google Chrome (recommended); (Chrome works best with campus websites.)
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Safari
    • Internet Explorer
  • Office Productivity Software (recommended)
    • Microsoft Office Professional is provided on University-owned computers but not for personally-owned devices. 
    • Cedarville does offer Office 365 to current students for free. Learn more about Office 365.
    • 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.

Video Recommendations (Online Students)

Information Technology provides the above hardware and software recommendations for online students. Keep your computer up-to-date and use the recommended software so that you can complete all online course requirements. 

To determine if your computer is compatible with our online learning and video software, you can run this Video Test. If you have difficulty with this test, please contact TechStop

For more information on technology for online students, visit the help page CU: Online Student Information and the Information Technology module within the online student orientation.


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 uninterruptible power supply
  • 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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