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Access school internet? Answered

I just wanna use MY laptop instead of the school's laptop.  It's old and missing keys and pretty slow.  I have a ton of things on mine (I've been teaching for 6 years with my laptop).  No need to hack, just trying to make my life a little easier.


+1 to all so far...

The proper procedure is to back up your files (USB, DVD, CD, whatever...) and take the laptop to the IT department . After thoroughly explaining the problems, they should then either repair or replace the laptop. Replacement is the preferred option as many things will be upgraded/improved with the "new" computer, thus making for a much more satisfying experience.

Most IT departments have policies against allowing unsecured computers onto their network, so, at the most, all your laptop would be able to do is connect to the internet (and be under the same restraints as the students) and not be allowed to access any database(s) or other peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.) you may need. Hence, the above procedure is the best, most productive route to take.

As a side note, USB external drives have really come down in price. I have seen 1 TB (or greater), USB 2.0/3.0 externals on sale for around $100 US at the local office supply stores. You can also try on-line stores such as Newegg.com and TigerDirect.com. For the age of the laptop you currently have, USB 2.0 compatibility is a prerequisite.


Need to talk to the It dept there is no quick and easy way round or security wouldn't be worth while would it?

Ask your school.



6 years ago

Talk to the IT department. They should be able to show you how to connect, if permitted. Many IT's won't allow just anyone to access their network with unapproved or private hardware for security reasons.

Why won' yours work now ? Missing passwords, or what ?