Computer Recommendations

Internet access is available from all residence hall rooms, in computer labs across campus and through CMU's wireless network. If you have a laptop and want to take advantage of our wireless internet access be sure your laptop has wireless capabilities.  To use CMU's network your computer should have the minimum specifications listed below.

Operating System Requirements

Windows: Microsoft Windows 7 or newer

Mac: Mac OSX 10.8 and above

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Computer System:

  • i5 Processor (Windows/Mac)


  • 6G Memory or higher
  • 250GB hard drive or higher


  • NIC 100/1000 (Ethernet)
  • 802.11g/n wireless network card (laptop)

Optical/Data Devices:

  • 8G+ USB Flash/Thumb Drive

Must have an Anti-Virus Program

Microsoft Office is recommend, you can purchase Microsoft Software at discount or use Office 365 in the cloud!

Dell Member Purchase Program

In order to ensure reliable internet access, all student computers must obtain IP addresses through Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) through the registration process. All student internet bandwidth is managed to ensure an acceptable quality of service.


If you need your computer repaired while on campus, the Technology Services Outpost offers support for faculty, staff and students.