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How do I connect Windows 7 to the MIIS wireless network?

  1. Click the Wireless Network Connection icon on the Taskbar. The Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box opens.
  2. Click Open Network and Sharing Center.Capture9
  3. Click Manage wireless networks.
  4. On the next screen click Add.Capture8
  5. Click Manually create a network profile.
  6. Under Information for the wireless network you want to add
    1. Enter miis into the Network name field.
    2. Select WPA2-­‐Enterprise in the Security type dropdown menu.
    3. Select AES in the Encryption type dropdown menu.
    4. Check to select Start this connection automatically.
    5. Click Next.
  7. Click Change connection settings.
  8. The Connection tab should look like this:Capture1
  9. Click on the Security tab, then Settings.
  10. Uncheck Validate server certificate, then click the Configure button. capture10
  11. Uncheck the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) checkbox. Finally click OK.
  12. Click OK to close Protected EAP Properties.
  13. In the Security tab, click on Advanced Settings.Capture2
  14. Check Specify Authentication mode and choose User Authentication. Click OK.
  15. Click OK to close miis Wireless Network properties.
  16. Click Close to complete the setup.

Once you have completed the configuration steps in the above section, you should be able to see a bubble pop up in the lower right hand corner of your task bar. You can then follow the below steps to connect to the network.

  1. Click on the bubble Additional information is required to connect to miis prompted in your task bar.Capture3
  2. A network dialog box will appear. Enter your username and password (same as your email account). And then click OK.Capture4

You should now be connected to the miis network!

What are the minimum laptop system specifications?

When is the best time to get a new computer? A few months before you start at MIIS—enough time to get to know your new computer. The worst time is early in a semester—this is a great way to needlessly stress yourself out.

Laptop Specifications

In the past, it was simple to give a list of specifications, but today things are moving quickly and it’s not always obvious what to recommend. For example, multicore processors have taken off, processor speed is less relevant (with more cores computers are more efficient and clock speed can be lowered a little to save battery usage). How much memory and hard drive space should you get? Really as much as you can afford. For memory, most new computers are not user upgradable, so consider 8GB a minimum. Mac users who might run Windows would be much better off with 16GB. As for hard drive space, if you can afford a computer with an SSD, you won’t regret the decision. SSD hard drives have made computers much more efficient, but they add cost and you generally don’t get as much storage. The fastest SSDs are Windows computers are using SATA 3, but Mac laptops are using PCI Express, a relatively new bus that blows SATA 3  out of the water. As for your OS, you can run Windows 7 (64 bit preferred), Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Mac OS X.

Windows or Mac?

This question is most relevant to T&I and TLM students. Windows-using faculty will tell you that you should just get a Windows computer. All major translation software runs on Windows, and why make life complicated by attempting to run two operating systems? Windows computers are reliable and are much more affordable than Macs.

Mac-using faculty will point out that Macs are beautiful computers, hold their resale value and are more reliable than Windows-based computers. In addition, you can easily run Windows on your Mac using VirtualBox, Parallels or vmware. To be honest though, you need to be pretty savvy to be able to comfortably run Windows on your Mac, and you’ll need a powerful machine.

Some specialized software for T&I and TLM courses require Windows to operate. Students who bring a Windows PC or laptop to campus should be able to install the necessary software. If you plan to bring a Mac with you to school for these programs you will be required to purchase and install a copy of Windows on your Mac. Students are solely responsible for the additional cost of purchasing a Windows license. Windows can be installed on a Mac using the built-in Bootcamp feature, or by first installing virtualization software such as VirtualBox. We recommend that you install Windows on your Mac prior to coming to campus if possible. Virtualization is a great way to run Windows and also have access to your Mac programs at the same time. Instructions for using the freely available VirtualBox can be found here: Installing Windows on your Mac using VirtualBox.

Additional Checklist

In addition to laptop computers, here are some related items we recommend bringing with you to campus:

  • Laptop Lock
  • Plug adapter for laptops purchased outside the US (if your charger says “100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then it will work pretty much anywhere in the world)
  • USB flash drive for quick file exchange
  • USB external hard drive for backup
  • Operating system installation/repair discs that came with your laptop purchase, or which the manufacturer’s software prompted you to create
  • Computer Warranty Information, user guide, manual, and other documents that came with your computer
  • Power strip or surge protector with 6 ft. cable (not all classrooms have power outlets at each desk)
  • An optional 10 ft. ethernet cable for when you need the fastest connection possible

Important note: make sure you have valid antivirus software installed on your computer. Updated antivirus software is required for any computer that connects to the school network!

Where on campus can I go for help with a wireless connection problem?

Students, faculty and staff can get help at the Information Technology Service office located in Casa Fuente, 320. Visit their home page for more information.

How do I print from a laptop to a campus printer?

Students must use the Papercut print management system to print on the MIIS campus. This post gives you background on the process and steps to print from a laptop.

To a download a quick reference, right-click the  links below:
Macintosh  Laptop Print Setup
Windows Laptop Print  Setup

To print to any printer from your laptop you must use the PaperCut printing system. The general steps:

A. Convert – only PDF documents can be printed from laptops to campus printers.
B. Upload – put your document into Papercut system – http://papercut.miis.edu.
C. Release – go to any one of the four campus printers, log into its Print Release Station and send your document to the printer.

Windows users can install a freeware PDF converter called CutePDF Writer, http://www.cutepdf.com. During installation, you are prompted to also install PS2PDF converter, select Yes to this option. MacOS comes with a built-in PDF converter.

Instructions:

A. Convert Document

  1. Open the document you want to print, select Print from the File menu (or Win: Ctrl+P, Mac: Cmd+P).
  2. In the Printer dialog box: Windows: in the Printer name drop-down list, choose CutePDF Writer, and click OK. winprintbox Mac: in lower left corner, click on the down-arrow next to PDF and select Save as PDF.
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  3. Save the PDF file to your desired location. Remember the location for the upload.

B. Upload Document

  1. Open any browser and go to http://papercut.miis.edu.
  2. Log-in using your MIIS network username and password.
  3. In PaperCut, click on Web Print.
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  4. Click on the link Submit a Job.
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  5. Under the Printer Name, select papercut\WEB2 (virtual) for double-sided printing, or papercut\WEB1 (virtual) for single-sided printing.
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  6. Click 2. Print Options and Account Selection (figure above). Although visible, you cannot print multiple copies of a document. See the Facts section below.
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  7. Click 3. Upload Document (figure above).
  8. Under Select a document, click Browse to locate the PDF file you want to print, and then click Upload & Complete.
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C. Release Document

  1. Go to any of the four Canon campus printers and log into its Print Release Stations – Casa Fuente 449, Morse 100, Library 1st floor, and Library 2nd floor.
  2. Log into the Release Station using your MIIS network username and password.
  3. Click Print next to the print job you want to print.

Facts

  • Your printing allowance is $50/semester, .05c/single sided or double sided. This balance rolls over each semester.
  • You can check the status of your account at http://papercut.miis.edu; log in with your local network ID and password.
  • You can purchase TopUp cards for addition printing within a semester at the Library or Cashiers office.
  • You can only print one copy per uploaded document. Even though you see an option to specify more copies in Papercut, this will not have any effect. To print additional copies you must upload the document again.
  • Documents uploaded into Papercut, and ready for printing, only remain in the system for 8 hours. After 8 hours, Papercut deletes them from the system.
  • If you have a multi-page document but only want to print select pages, use the options in the Print dialog box to specify pages. Below are some examples. If the document is already a PDF, you can ‘convert’ it again, specifying the desired pages, then printing as PDF.
Windows Mac
Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Safari
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