Hood College allows the use of personal printers in the residence halls under the following guidelines:
Direct Connection – residents can connect their printer directly to their PC/MAC/laptop using standard USB or Serial cables as applicable. Students have the option of sharing out this printer on the network from their PC/MAC/laptop if they desire, using standard Windows/MAC network sharing capabilities. Hood College encourages password protecting a shared printer to deter uninvited users from accessing the printer.
Network (wired) Connection – residents may connect their printer’s Ethernet port (if available) to their dorm wired port. The resident will need to provide the hardware (MAC) address of the printer to allow for access to the network and assignment of an IP address. This IP address will then be accessible to the student to set up as a networked printer on their PC/MAC/laptop. Please note that this printer will likely also be accessible by other network users to print.
Network (wireless) Connection – residents may connect their wireless printer to Hood College’s wireless network, typically unsecure@hood unless the printer is equipped to handle WPA2 Enterprise authentication. Student will need to provide the hardware (MAC) address of the printer in order to connect to the unsecure@hood network and obtain an IP address. This IP address will then be accessible to the student to set up as a network printer on their PC/laptop. Please note that this printer will likely also be accessible by other network users to print.
NOTICE: Residents may NOT use their wireless printer’s onboard wireless radio to create a peer-to-peer wireless network for printing. Enabling the wireless radio on the printer will cause interference with legitimate Wireless Access Points, and also may interfere with other wireless users in the vicinity of the printer. Hood College reserves the right to locate and disable the radio of any personal printers located in the residence halls.