For Students

Download the 2014/15 Undergraduate IT Reference Guide

Before You Arrive

  • Remember to bring installation disks, receipts, and manuals for your electronics in case you need a repair or reinstallation.
  • Buying a computer? Dell and Apple are Brown's preferred vendors for personal computers; Dell and Apple computers under warrantee can be repaired at the Brown Bookstore. Guide: Buying a Computer 
  • You may not find that you need your own printer; printers are available in the computing labs and you are provided with a printing credit at the beginning of the year.

Getting Online

Campus Wireless MapCampus Wireless MapWireless Network

Use Brown's secure wireless network for your privacy and safety! It requires a quick one-time setup process.

  1. First, temporarily connect to the Brown-Guest network to get online.
  2. Then, visit to configure your computer or mobile device. 

Wired Network

The first time you connect your computer to ethernet in a residence hall, you will be taken through a 1-time registration process. Guide to Ports in Residence Halls

Gaming Consoles, Wireless Printers, and Other Devices

Not all devices are able to connect to the Brown network, but they can be connected to Brown-Guest wireless or the wired network with an ethernet cable. These devices must be registered online first. For instructions, see

Email and More

Check your email at from any computer using your full email address and the password you chose for Google. You can also log in to other Google services directly. Information for configuring GoogleApps on your mobile device: Android, iPhone, Other


Public Computing

  • Computing labs are located in each of the two main libraries (Sciences and Rockefeller) and in the CIT building. Both Windows and Mac computers are available. Computing Lab Locations and Information
  • Several public internet kiosks are located across campus where students and visitors can quickly check their email or surf the web. Kiosk Locations


Brown's Bookstore Technology Center provides repairs for personally-owned computers and devices. They are an authorized warranty service provider for Dell and Apple computers. 



You can use your PAWPrints account (automatically tied in to your Brown ID / Bear Bucks account) to print to the print release stations in the computing lab. Some personal wireless printers will work on the Brown-Guest network; see the instrutions in the wireless section above.
More about Printing


Brown's software catalog lists Brown-licensed software, free and open source software, and discounted purchasing options. 

Students can install Microsoft Office software for free on up to five computers. For instructions, see

Course-Related Links

You can find course information and register for Brown courses using the Banner course catalog at:

Course Preview Pages offer additional information like syllabi and reading lists supplied by course instructors.

Canvas, Brown's learning management system, can be populated with digital materials such as course syllabi, lecture notes, readings, links, and discussion boards.

Safe Computing

  • The Information Security section of the CIS website has a lot of information about safe computing.
  • Theft - If your laptop is stolen, immediately contact the Department of Public Safety at x3-3322 to report the incident. If you have registered your computer with MyConnection by connecting via ethernet in a residence hall, CIS can attempt to find your stolen computer on the Brown network.

Fun Stuff


With IPTV , you can watch 37 channels on your computer over a wired connection in a residence hall. Students with a television can rent a Set Top Box from the Office of Residential Life (27 Brown Street, Wayland House). More information about IPTV

Music Downloads

Options for commercial-free streaming music, based on your personal selection of artist or genre, are available on the Web. Several portable devices are supported.
Guide: Legal Music Options

Stay in Touch

You can contact the IT Service Center for help. 

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