Wireless Printers: A Definitive Guide

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Setting up a network printer

For most of us, printing has become an essential part of being a college student.  We print homework, lectures, and important documents.  However, not all of us want to travel all the way to one of the 10 computer labs on campus in order to print something.  If you’re one of these people, I’ve compiled a few helpful tips for setting up your wireless printer according to your OS.

Network printers- devices designed to connect directly to a computer network as a stand-alone device—were once found mostly in large offices.


To install a network, WiFi, or Bluetooth printer
  •  Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.
  •  Click Add a printer.
  •  In the Add Printer wizard, click Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.
  •  In the list of available printers, select the one you want to use, and then click Next.
  •  If prompted, install the printer driver on your computer by clicking Install driver.  Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  •  Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish.

 Make sure that you have permission to use these printers before adding them to the computer.
You can confirm the printer is working by printing a test page. For details, see Print a test page.


Connect an AirPrint printer to a Wifi Network

For a built-in display:
Printers with a touchscreen or other built-in display (control panel) generally expect you to use that display to select or enter the name and password of your Wi-Fi network. Check the printer's documentation for details.

If your Wi-Fi router is an AirPort Base Station:
  • Open AirPort Utility, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
  • Select your base station in AirPort Utility, then enter the base station password, if prompted.
  • From the menu bar, choose Base Station > Add WPS Printer.
  • Select either "First attempt" or "PIN" as the type of WPS connection to allow. Then click Continue.
  • If you selected "First attempt," push the WPS button on the printer. When the printer's MAC Address appears in AirPort Utility, click Done.
  • If you selected "PIN," enter the printer's PIN number, which should be listed in the printer's documentation. Then click Continue. When the printer's MAC Address appears in AirPort Utility, click Done.
  • Quit AirPort Utility.

If the printer can connect to your Mac via USB

You may be able to use a USB connection to set up Wi-Fi printing:
  • Connect the printer to your Mac using the appropriate USB cable.
  • Install the Mac software that came with the printer, and make sure that it includes a printer setup assistant.
  • Use the printer setup assistant to connect the printer to your Wi-Fi network. Check the printer's documentation for details.
  • Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and Mac. The printer should remain connected to the Wi-Fi network.

If the printer can create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network

You may be able to use the printer's own ad-hoc Wi-Fi network to set up Wi-Fi printing:
  • Install the Mac software that came with the printer, and make sure that it includes a printer setup assistant.
  • Make sure that the printer's ad-hoc Wi-Fi network is turned on. Check the printer's documentation for details.
  • Open the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar, then select the name of the printer’s ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. While your Mac is on the printer's network, your Mac won't be able to connect to the Internet or other services on your regular Wi-Fi network.
  • Use the printer setup assistant to connect the printer to your Wi-Fi network. Check the printer's documentation for details. The printer may restart before it connects to the network.
  • Return to the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac and switch back to your Wi-Fi network.

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Welcome Incoming Freshman!

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Welcome to Harding University!
If you're a new student, you've probably already heard that forty times today and will hear it hundreds more before your first day. If you're a returning student, welcome back! It's almost time to begin another semester, and we at DormNet are here to help make that transition easier, whether this is your first time at school or you're back for your final semester.

Harding provides Internet access to all of the students, faculty, and even visitors on campus through wireless network coverage that blankets campus and optional wired connections in your dorm room. However, keeping such a large network operating and secure is not an easy task, so Harding has implemented several tools to help with it. These tools are in place to help protect you and your data.

SafeConnect and Antivirus
You might have been a little confused when you first connected your laptop to the network and were asked to install a small program called SafeConnect. This is simply a program to detect whether or not you are using antivirus software and that your operating system is up-to-date. We don't use it to monitor your activity or anything like that. It's just to help keep your data, as well as that of everyone else, safe from malware.

When it asks for a username/password, just input your Harding username and password.  This will also occur when connecting portable devices to Harding's network. When it asks for your username/password, just use your regular Harding username/password.  It will NOT download anything to your portable device; it will just register it with the network.

If you have any questions, just give us a call at the DormNet Help Desk at (501)279-4545.  We’re here to help!

Add Your Harding Email to a Mail App
So you've just been given a brand new email address and told to check it daily (which you absolutely should do. How else will you know if you're teacher has cancelled class or rescheduled a test?).

Just follow these instructions for setting up your Harding e-mail on your tablet/phone.  

If you have any questions, just give us a call at the DormNet Help Desk at (501)279-4545.  We’re here to help!

Wireless Access in the Dorms and Around Campus
If you are connecting to the wireless network in the dorms, you will see a wireless network with your dorm name.  Connect to that SSID in your dorm.  There will be posters in your dorm with the password. 

If you are in one of the other buildings around campus, you should connect to HUWA-SEC.  This is the secured wireless network for campus.  You do NOT want to use HUWA-GUEST if you are a student.  Here’s why:  HUWA-GUEST is designed for visitors to the campus.  It is NOT a secure network and should never be used for important business (like banking, etc.).  It is comparable to a network utilized by public places like McDonalds.  HUWA-GUEST has significantly less bandwidth allocated than HUWA-SEC. 

Both HUWA-SEC and HUWA-GUEST utilize Harding’s content filtering.  Using HUWA-GUEST will NOT get you more access than HUWA-SEC and will get you less bandwidth.

If you have any questions, just give us a call at the DormNet Help Desk at (501)279-4545.  We’re here to help!

M Drive: Network Storage on Campus
Harding offers each current student a gig of network storage space. Whenever you log into a campus computer, you'll have access to 1 gig of network storage under "Computer". This is an excellent place to store your work in labs or the library so you can access it on any computer. You can also access it from your personal computer by visiting hushares.harding.edu and logging in with your Harding info.

If you have any questions, just give us a call at the DormNet Help Desk at (501)279-4545.  We’re here to help!

Zuckerberg Plans to Connect the World

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Mark Zuckerberg, one of the first 5 co-founders and current CEO of Facebook, is undoubtedly one of the most successful man of his generation thus far. Though he only takes a one-dollar salary, his current wealth is estimated to be $31.5 billion. The best part is that he is only 30 years old. This American computer programmer and successful Internet entrepreneur already has a pretty boss resume, but he is looking to make it even better. Zuckerberg believes that connectivity to the World Wide Web is a human right. With the help of Facebook and some other major sponsors, Zuckerberg wants to connect the other two-thirds of the world that does not have Internet. Every detail about the project can be found on internet.org. Many believe this is just a huge Facebook marketing gimmick, and in some ways it might be, but others also believe that this initiative could completely change the world.

In today' s society, there are about 2.7 billion people that actually have access to the Internet. That is a little more than one-third of the world's population. Facebook alone connects more than 1.15 billion people to one another each month. Even though about 5 billion people have mobile phones, not everyone can afford data, and not everyone has access to it. They major issues they will face are technical, social, and economic. Zuckerberg says, "There is no guarantee that most people will ever have access to the internet. It is not going to happen by itself. But I believe connectivity is a human right, and that if we work together we can make it a reality."

So what's the big deal? Why does this matter so much? Not only does the Internet connect us to our friends, families, and communities, but it is also important to the global knowledge economy. The amount of things we can learn and share on the Internet is endless. Technology also account for about 25% of the GDP, and that is growing rapidly. Connecting everyone in the world is going to completely enable the knowledge economy, but their are gonna be some major obstacles.

Four major obstacles:
"First, most people in the world don’t have much disposable income to spend on data access."
"Second, the global infrastructure required to deliver the internet is extremely expensive and costs tens of billions of dollars every year."
"Third, even when they can afford it, many people who have never experienced the internet don’t know what a data plan is or why they’d want one."
"Fourth, a lot of people don’t have phones. Many are either very young or old, but many just cannot afford one."

Here is the plan and the major steps Zuckerberg plans to take:

Here is a pdf to all of Zuckerbergs ideas and steps he will take to make this project come to life.

I hope this video inspires you.

Looking Back

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As graduation day approaches, I can't help but look back on my last few years here at Harding and reflecting on all the memories that have come during that time. I have worked here at DormNet for the past three years and have learned a lot since my first day. Since this is my last day working here, I figured it would be appropriate to share what I have learned and recount some stories I experienced as well.

  • Dorm wireless internet is fantastic. So I know it doesn't always work perfectly and sometimes causes trouble (shout-out to Village), but seriously having wifi in the dorm makes everything worlds easier. When I first came to Harding and started working for DormNet, if someone wanted to be able to connect wirelessly in the dorm they needed to purchase/bring their own router. However, each router would have to be set up a certain way to play nicely with Harding's network, and so we at DormNet had to set up each and every router that was brought to campus. We would get really good and efficient at setting these up -- I got to the point where I could set one up in under a minute -- but having to do this for the thousands of routers on campus was a pretty big task. Some students would try to set up the routers themselves and try to get internet that way. Not only did that not work, but it caused many other people in the dorm to get cut off from the internet! Then we at DormNet had to form 'router hunting' teams to find the problem router and get it set up properly. Now, all one has to do to connect to the dorm wireless is essentially sign in. So much easier!
  • The people in Harding's IS&T department are amazing and genuinely care for students. You may not get this because of some small frustrations with the internet being down for a little bit, or because you don't want to download an antivirus program on your Mac that can't get viruses (absolutely not true, and the viruses are so much worse to deal with). However, these people work their hardest to make sure that something we all take for granted here, having internet, is easy to use and as consistently available as possible. Problems do arrive from time to time from unforeseen places that hamper our ability to use the internet. But know that when these problems occur, the staff here at Harding (including us at DormNet!) are willing to work into the night to make sure that everything gets fixed as quickly as possible. And you may not enjoy having to install programs to be compliant with Harding's policies, but those policies are there to make sure you and everyone on campus are protected from all the crap on the internet that could harm us. Everything they do is intended to make using the internet here on campus easier and more reliable, and so please thank them for the awesome work they are continually doing for us!
  • God can be glorified in every situation. When I applied for DormNet, I wasn't initially thinking that it would be a great way to serve God. I was just looking for a job, and this one was highly recommended to me by my friends. However, in working here these last three years I have seen that we can be giving glory to God in every situation. Every time students come to us seeking help with their computer issues, we have an opportunity to be servants of Him and show everyone His love. Computers can be frustrating to deal with, but to be able to be friendly and loving in the face of the frustrations they can bring I think can be a great Christian thing to do. We interact with students from all different walks of life, and the way we act and serve gives us an opportunity to reflect Christ in our interactions and give glory to Him. He can use us to improve other students' lives through this service that we have learned how to do. Through this job, I have learned that it really doesn't matter what service or job we're doing, anything and everything we do can be used to glorify Him. I hope that whatever you are doing and wherever you are in life, you can remember this and use your skills for Him.

Selfie Central

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At this point, everyone knows what a selfie is. Most people know what a selfie stick is (a stick you attach your camera/phone to so that more people/background can get into a picture). But here at Harding, where single people tend to feel left out, there is a new alternative for people that feel like their selfies need a little extra pizzazz.

Introducing the Selfie Arm.

The Selfie Arm, designed by artists Aric Snee and Justin Crowe, gives the impression that the person in the selfie is holding hands with someone. The hand and forearm are designed to be in the photo, making this very different from a traditional selfie stick.

This is perfect for all the single people or people without friends to take selfies with. Unfortunately, the Selfie Arm is only a prototype for right now, as the design (namely, the grey, zombie-esque skin tone) is in need of some updating.

Hopefully, the finished version will be released soon for mass production and many more selfies appear on my Instagram feed.

EnChroma - Bringing Color to the Color-Blind

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Although the technology has been out for a few years now, awareness of EnChroma's remarkable color-blindness correcting glasses is on the rise. This is mainly thanks to a recent collaborative YouTube video by Valspar Paint and EnChroma Inc. In the testimonial video, several color-blind people are given the ability to see distinct colors for the first time in their lives; in a particularly touching scene, a father is able to see the Crayon drawings of his young child in color for the first time.

According to the How it Works section on EnChroma's website, the problem of color-blindness exists entirely in the eyes themselves. There are three types of cone cells for detecting colors in our eyes - cones which detect red light, green light, and blue light. The problem is that, in color-blind eyes, there is a bit of color overlap going on. Red cells pick up too much green light, or green cells pick up too much red light, which muddles and confuses the colors. Everyone's brain is capable of detecting colors correctly, but color-blind eyes send incorrect data to the brain!

To fix this, EnChroma developed a clever solution. In order to allow color-blind people to see more color, they developed lenses which allow less fields of light to reach the eyes. This may sound confusing, but basically, there is a certain range of red/green light which is so similar that color-blind eyes cannot differentiate the colors. EnChroma lenses effectively "drive a wedge" into this range of light, making slightly-green colors very green and slightly-red colors very red. The diagram below may make this process a bit more clear.

The grayed-out regions represent overlapping colors which are difficult for color-blind people to see. EnChroma lenses separate colors into distinct red, green, and blue categories without overlap!

Before you rush to EnChroma's website to buy a pair for your color-blind friends or family members, please keep in mind that the glasses will not work for everyone! Some people have so much color-overlap in their cone cells that these glasses simply cannot help them. Please take an official color-blindness test (not just the one on EnChroma's website) before committing to purchasing a pair.

That said, if it looks like EnChroma glasses may work for someone you love, definitely look into purchasing a pair! EnChroma glasses typically sell from $350 and up, so it is a bit of an investment, though it is definitely worth it to live in a world of color!

Why Do I Keep My Old I iPod Around?

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When I was in high school, I think it was my freshman year, I got my first iPod. It was a blue 4th generation iPod Nano. I finally felt like a cool kid (because that's what I measured coolness by back then). It has a memory of 8GB and I only use 6.95 and have 1233 songs. In all honesty, I could take a large amount of that off and I need to add a lot from CDs that I have that I haven't put on there, but basically what I'm saying is that I don't own that much music.

This is what my iPod looks like. Isn't it cool and so retro?

You might be asking, "Erin, don't you have a smartphone that you can listen to music on?" The answer to that is, yes. In fact, all my music is currently on my phone and I do use it to listen to music. Why then do I keep my old iPod?

One reason is sentimentality. It was the very first Apple product that I owned. It's also the only Apple product I have ever owned. Something about that fact just stops me from being able to get rid of it. We have a bond. All the music that I'm slightly ashamed to own (countless songs performed on Glee) is on it. I just can't dismiss that.

The other reason is practicality. I can keep it in my car for easy access without having to drain my phone batter by playing music from it on a long trip. Plus, it's a whole lot smaller than my phone. My phone, with its case, is 2.5 inches wide and 5 inches tall. That's big. My iPod is 1.5 inches wide and 3.6 inches tall. Not to mention the fact that my phone and wallet case weigh a substantial amount more. I once dropped my phone on my foot and developed a bruise. When I go running (which, let's be real, is not often) I don't want to have to carry a huge phone around in order to listen to music. My iPod is small and is so much easier to carry.

It may seem like I'm keeping hold of an "obsolete" piece of technology, but that iPod and I have a bond and I'll be keeping it around for awhile.