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)
- Please note that personal devices can be used under certain circumstances to connect to the Princeton network but are required to be configured to the standards set forth by the Information Security Office.
- 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, please contact your department for assistance. You may also decide to purchase a laptop; recommended models and configurations for both Windows and Mac computers follow.
OIT Technology Loaner Program
The OIT Technology Loaner Program offers a supply of computing technology for loan by faculty or staff who may need a temporary device during computer repair or for remote teaching involving students in isolation. This loaner program is not a substitute for normal departmental computer purchasing for their faculty and staff. We can no longer loan devices for long periods such as an entire semester.
These items are available in this program:
- Windows Laptops (computer repair loan only)
- Mac Laptops (computer repair loan only)
- iPad Pro w/Keyboard stand and Apple pencil (for secondary device to teach students in isolation)
For more information refer to Technology Loaner Program: Technology for remote teaching and computer repairs.
If you have questions about the OIT loaner program, contact the Support and Operations Center at 609-258-HELP (4357).
If rather than borrowing a laptop you choose to purchase one, you can do so through the PRIME MarketPlace. Recommended models and configurations follow.
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).
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
Camera and microphone
6-FCP MBP 13" w/Touch Space Gray
Macbook Pro with 13" display
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 Pro1.4GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory512GB SSD storageRetina display with True ToneIntel Iris Plus Graphics 645Two Thunderbolt 3 portsTouch Bar and Touch ID
Options for headsets
OIT can provide USB-wired headsets at a nominal cost to departments. To request a headset, submit the Jabber Headset Request form.