When deciding on the computing equipment you’ll need, we recommend you work with our knowledgeable Tech Store staff. We can provide you with expert advice and walk you through the process to acquire the right technology for your needs.

Here is a list of essential equipment that you should plan on having here at UW-Madison.

  C62599 Apple 13” Macbook Pro

Laptop

Most students use a laptop on campus. If you plan on bringing an existing laptop with you, compare it to our campus laptop recommendations. Or take advantage of our suggested laptops for students from the Tech Store. For more information, we always recommend you work with our Tech Store staff or consult our Laptop Guide.

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Anti-Virus Security

Campus requires all computers connected to the campus network to have anti-virus protection. Get your free anti-virus software from DoIT.

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Student Software

The Tech Store provides access to free software with the Campus Software Library and other academically discounted software you may need.

C61984 10ft USB 2.0 A to B Cable

Ethernet Cable

When first connecting equipment in campus housing you will want a dedicated network cable. See all the discounted audio, video and network cables to connect any of your electronic devices at the Tech Store.

C63717 Buffalo Ministation Plus 500GB External Hard Drive

Data Backup

We always recommend you backup your data. Some options for this are using an external drive or an online backup service like Crashplan. Tech Store staff can help you decide which option is best for you or consult our Backup Storage Guide.

 

The Tech Store also provides a wide variety of accessories and supplies that you will find useful on campus, including:

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Extended Hardware Warranty

The DoIT Help Desk can provide on-campus warranty repairs. We recommend that you have a good warranty with accidental protection. Talk to our Tech Store staff or consult our Warranty Guide.

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Protective Cases & Covers

Products to protect your computer from spills and falls are available at the DoIT Tech Store along with a wide range of additional technology accessories.

C63315 HP LaserJet P1102W Mono Laser Wireless/USB Printer

Printer

There are many printing options around campus, but you may find that you prefer the convenience and quick access to printed materials from your own printer. See our recommended printers, or get more information from our Printing Guide.

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Tablet

You may find that many of your campus courses provide classroom materials digitally. Using a tablet as a mobile device can help give you immediate access to these materials in the classroom. See our recommended tablets or get more information from our Tablet Guide.

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Wireless Router

For more robust wireless access or to connect multiple devices to your residence hall network, you may want to consider a personal wireless network router. We have recommended wireless routers available at the Tech Store, or see our Wireless Router Guide.

 

This is just a short list of the computing resources you will find useful during your time on campus. These and other academically discounted products are available to you at the DoIT Tech Store. Go online or visit one of our three locations to see how we can help you get best connected on campus.