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As you know, helping your son or daughter prepare for the new school year begins well before they arrive on campus. To make sure they start off on the right foot, we’ve compiled  information you will need to get started with technology. 

Computer recommendations and discounts

Shopping for a new desktop computer or laptop? Take advantage of our student discounts and get recommendations on what to buy.

If your son or daughter already has a computer or laptop, compare it to our mnimum and recommended hardware cConfigurations to make sure it will fulfill their needs throughout their stay at MIT.

Mobile devices

Initial steps your son or daughter should take

From where they can find and download free software, to how they can protect their valuable technology, to suggestions on how to back up their data, we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step Getting Started with IT guide for students.

Connecting to the network (MITnet)

Guests can register online to connect to MIT’s network.

You can also connect to the MIT GUEST wireless network. This network does not require authentication, is not encrypted, and is not intended to access internal resources. Learn more about connecting to the MIT GUEST wireless network.

Note: The MIT GUEST wireless network is not available in Fraternities, Sororities, or Independent Living Groups (FSILGs).  If you're visiting an FSILG, your son or daughter can assist you with network connectivity.

Don't share passwords and certificates with your son or daughter

We do not encourage students to share their passwords (or any confidential information), and doing so is a violation of the MITnet Rules of Use.

To learn more, read this Knowledge Base article.

Getting help with technology

IS&T is available to help your son or daughter online, through email, by phone, and in-person. Make sure they bookmark this page.