Get Equipped

When planning to work from home, you should think about the work resources that you'll need at home and the campus resources to which you'll need access.  The types of things we need to do our jobs vary, but there are a few things that are common to all. 

To properly equip yourself for remote work, you'll need:

  • Internet service
  • Computer or laptop (and power adapter)
  • Telephone services
  • Webcam or computer webcam for video conferencing (optional)
  • Headset or simple earbuds with a mic (as an alternate to your computer speakers)

Options for computers

If you don't already have a work laptop or a home computer that you can use for remote work, you can borrow a laptop from the OIT Loaner Program.  You may also decide to purchase a laptop; recommended models and configurations for both Windows and Mac computers follow.     

OIT 'Work At Home' Loaner Program

Note:  Faculty requests for computer loans from the OIT Loaner Program are taking priority over other requests in order for us to enable remote teaching and learning. 

The OIT Work-At-Home Loaner Program offers a supply of computing technology for loan by faculty. Technology in the loaner program includes: 

  • laptops
  • Surface Pro computers
  • iPads
  • iPhones
  • MiFis (hotspot)

All devices come with a power adapter. Surface Pro computers and iPads are equipped with Bluetooth keyboards.  

Reserving a device

Computers and mobile devices and accessories are limited to the supply on hand. In anticipation of a greater number of requests for technology, OIT has made every effort to maximize the number of laptops and devices available for loan from the Work-At-Home loaner pool.  

To reserve a device

To reserve a device from the loaner program, complete and submit the Work-At-Home Loaner Reservation Form.  When prompted for the loaner pool, select Work at Home Loaner. 

You may also navigate to the form from within ServiceNow: 

  1. Go to the Princeton Services Portal at
  2. Select Request a Service
  3. From the Categories menu on the left, click Hardware & Software, Borrow Equipment, Departmental Loaner Requests.
  4. Complete the Departmental Loaner Requests form:
    1. In the Requested for field, enter the name of the person for whom the computer is being reserved
    2. From the drop-down menu for Please select the loaner pool from which you would like to borrow, select Work At Home Loaner.
    3. In the Requested pickup date and time, enter the dates you want to pick up the computer.  In the Requested return date and time, enter the date when you anticipate you will return the computer. 
    4. Specify What you would like to borrow? from the drop-down. 
    5. In the Chart Fields area of the form, enter the Dept ID and Field to which to associate the loaner device.  
  5. Click Submit.

If you have questions about the OIT loaner program, contact the Support and Operations Center at 609-258-HELP (4357).

Computer Purchase

If rather than borrowing a laptop you choose to purchase one, you can do so through the PRIME MarketPlace.  Recommended models and configurations follow. 

PRIME MarketPlace

Admin/FCP Upgrade Kit:  7400 Custom-Build
Dell Latitude 7400 with i7 processor
Recommended upgrade:  32GB RAM

Note:  Laptop orders may take longer to deliver at this time.  At present, the estimated time to delivery is 12 to 14 business days (delivery times subject to change).

Other Computers

If purchasing a computer outside of the PRIME MarketPlace, consider these recommended computer specifications:

i7 processor (i5 processor, would suffice)
16 GB RAM (12 GB RAM, would suffice)
256 GB SSD
Windows 10 Pro
Wireless, Bluetooth
Camera and microphone

PRIME MarketPlace

6-FCP MBP 13" w/Touch Space Gray
Macbook Pro with 13" display

Other Computers

Built-to-Order (preferred)
The following configuration is build-to-order, with options for pick-up at local stores in approximately 3 weeks (delivery times subject to change).

13‑inch MacBook Pro
1.4GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Retina display with True Tone
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch Bar and Touch ID


Options for headsets

In support of the University's move to social distancing and remote teaching and learning, OIT is providing USB-wired headsets at no cost to departments, upon request.  The headsets available through the temporary program are Plantronics C320, USB-wired, over-the-head headsets.  

To request a headset, submit the Jabber Headset Request form.