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Your Personal Computer and the Campus Network

Minimum specifications for network access

Access to the campus network requires at least Windows 10 for PCs and 10.15 (Catalina) for Macs.

Connecting your computer to the network

The College maintains a secure network. Access to the network is limited to those with a Lycoming College network account (all students receive this login information prior to New Student Orientation).

If you wish to use wireless or wired internet access, your computer will need to meet some basic requirements. The first time you access the internet, you will be prompted to download and install the FortiNAC persistent agent on your computer. This program scans your computer to ensure you have met the network’s requirements. For more information, refer to the Campus Manager policy.

In order to register a device on the campus network, you must first connect to either an active wired port, or to one of our campus wireless networks:

Wireless is the default internet access in all residence halls. Wired port activation is available on request. Submit an online Port Activation Request or call 570-321-4150.

Registering a device to the network

The first step in registering a device on the campus network is to connect either to an active network jack or to one of our campus wireless networks. 

  • For computers, phones, or tablets:
    • Connect to Lyco-Secure SSID
    • Navigate to and complete the registration for Lycoming Students, Faculty and Staff
  • For other internet enabled devices (Gaming Consoles, Google Homes, Alexas, etc...)
Please note that we do not support wireless printers, routers, or any device which interupts DNS or DHCP services on campus. 

More information on the different Wi-Fi networks can be found here

You must have:

  • All important operating system updates downloaded and installed (updates marked as optional are not required)
  • An approved antivirus program installed and updated. These Antiviruses have been selected based on their Industry reputation for stability and effectiveness. While many devices come with antiviruses such as McAffe or Norton pre-installed, we have decided that due to vulnerabilities and historic shortcomings, we will not be supporting them.

You can only have one antivirus installed on your computer. If you do not have one of the recommended antiviruses then you need to remove the antivirus installed on your computer and use one from the list of acceptable antivirus programs. Windows Defender is recommended on Windows PCs and is built in to the OS and just needs to be enabled. Avast is recommended on any Mac computer and can be downloaded from the link indicated above.

Remediation Network

Any time your computer does not meet these two requirements, your computer will be isolated in a remediation network. This acts as a quarantine that allows you to update your system or download updates/install an approved antivirus program, but does not give full network access. Once you have completed any necessary updates, your full access will be restored.