Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


What is supported at Bloomsburg University?


What version of Windows is currently supported at Bloomsburg University?

Bloomsburg University supports Windows 10, 8.1, and 7.  We no longer support Windws Vista or XP.


What versions of Mac OS are currently supported at Bloomsburg University?

OS X version 10.11.6 or later.  Anything before (eg. 10.11.5) is not supported.


Should I purchase anti-virus software?

Purchasing antivirus is at the descretion of the student.  Residential Computing recommends Windows 10 "built-in" Windows Defender Antivirus.


Adware/Spyware vs Viruses

What is the difference between adware/spyware and viruses?

Adware and Spyware are mostly harmless. Everyone gets a certain amount of it while browsing the web (internet).  The biggest indication of a lot of Adware/Spyware present on your system is extreme slowness and response time.  That being said some forms can be malicious and are viewed more as viruses.  We recommend downloading and installing Adware/Spyware cleaning programs from our Downloads page to keep your system cleaned up.

Viruses are usually intended to be malicious and can cost users a lot of time and sometimes money.  Keeping your system up to date (Windows updates and Mac OS X updates) can help prevent some types of infections.  Other viruses are self inflicted in that the user (you) click on suspicious web links on web pages or emails that invoke a virus to run on your system.  Always use common sense.  The more shady the web surfing or email received, the more vulnerable your system becomes.  For information on virus protection visit our Downloads page.



Wireless Connectivity

Is wireless available on campus?

Yes, wireless is available in all academic buildings, residence halls and campus apartments.

For those needing an ethernet (wired) connection, you can request one here (scroll to the bottom for the form). You will need to provide your own ethernet cable.


Are gaming and media devices supported on the wireless?

Yes, gaming and media devices (Smart TVs, Video Streaming, etc) are supported but must be connected to "bloomu". They will not work on "bloomu-secure"

Can I use a Router or AP in my room?

NO.  Wireless Routers and Access Points (APs) cause interference with campus network equipment and cause connectivity issues for users around you.


Campus and Personal Printers

Can I connect to other printers on campus from my laptop or desktop?

Yes, students can print to any printer in Andruss library. Complete instructions for printing can be found here.


Can I use my wireless printer in my room?

Personally printers can be used via a USB printer cable. Wireless connectivity for student owned printers is not supported. NOTE: Most personal printers today have wireless enabled out of the box. To help with interference problems in Residence Halls and Apartments, please disable (turn off) the wireless on your printer!

Can I use a 3D printer in my dorm room or apartment?

No. 3D printers emit oder and carcinogins into the air while in use.  Due to the potential hazards that surround them, most Universities have designated areas for use.  Bloomsburg University currently does not.

     

Student Email

How do I setup Bloomsburg University email on my cell phone?

Instructions for configuring an email client (on your computer) such as Microsoft Outlook and mobile devices can be found here

 

I forgot my email password, how do I reset it?

Visit the password reset page and choose the "Reset Password" option.

Please Note: Resetting your password will affect all your accounts including email, BOLT, and lab computer login.



Mobile Devices & E-Readers


How do I connect my smartphone or e-reader to the wireless network?

For cell/smart phones, turn on your wifi (not mobile data... eg 4G) and connect to bloomu-secure wireless network. If your device does not support secure wireless connections, connect to bloomu wireless network.