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Requirements for Connecting to UNF Networks

Below are the minimum requirements for student owned computes to ensure it can be connected to the systems at UNF.

Required Hardware

A PC (Windows) computer should have:

  • Windows 10 Recommended
  • 2GBs of RAM
  • 30 GB Hard Drive for 32-bit Operating System 50 GB Hard Drive for 64-bit OS Hard Drive
  • 1 GB or more of free disc space
  • USB port(s)
  • High-speed Network connection (such as DSL or cable)

A Macintosh computer should have:

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or higher
  • 2GBs of RAM
  • 50 gigabyte hard drive
  • 1 GB or more of free disc space
  • USB port(s)
  • High-speed Network connection (such as DSL or cable)

Recommended Hardware

  • Webcam - some courses will have required activities that will require a webcam for compliance, such as:
    • video-conferencing, student-developed video assignments/presentations, etc.
    • remotely proctored testing where visual identification is required.
  • Personal Printer
  • USB Key for storing and transporting files

Network Access Control (NAC) - OnGuard

Network Access Control (NAC) is a networking solution that controls how computers connect to the campus network. Computers that do not meet the security requirements of NAC will not be allowed to connect to the campus network. The university is using a product called ClearPass OnGuard that checks your computer to ensure it meets the requirements of NAC along with managing access to the network. as part of NAC, users living in campus housing and connected to UNF-Wireless using their UNFID are required to have an anti-virus program installed with live protection enabled.

A Note About Tablets & "Light" Devices

Tablets - like iPads, Surface RT's & Android tablets - are great for browsing the Internet, and using apps that are built to be mobile. They are not ideal for working seriously in word processing or spreadsheet applications (like MS Word or Excel.) Additionally, while Canvas provides a robust mobile app platform, there are still some limitations in functionality.

"Light" Devices (Netbooks or Chromebooks) - are great option for an "underpowered" laptop. Light, fast, long-lasting, and stylish - most of these devices provide enough power and memory to perform quite well in standard Office applications*. They do sacrifice a little in versatility, customization and graphics/audio in order to keep their weight down - so don't expect the same performance in all areas.

*A note about Office applications on "light" devices: some of these devices run the Office applications natively (on the machine), while others run them through the web, which can affect functionality.

Recommended Software

  • Administrative access to the computer is required to install & update software
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or higher; OR, Mac OS X 10.12 or higher
  • Internet browser: required to access the Learning Management System (Canvas)
  • Document authoring software: Microsoft Office (includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or an open source platform (GoogleDocs or OpenOffice)
    • UNF Students students are able to download and install Microsoft Office ProPlus desktop applications for FREE. Learn more about Free Software for UNF Students.
  • The UNF Virtual Lab provides faculty & students free access to a selection of software applications from any computing device.
  • File backup software: Microsoft OneDrive
  • Up-to-Date Anti-Virus Protection Software
  • Adobe Flash Player - version 11 (or higher)
  • Adobe Reader - version 11 (or higher)
  • Java (JRE version 7 recommended)
For additional information on Office 365, anti-virus protection software, UNF's Virtual Lab, and other free software for currently enrolled UNF students, contact the ITS Help Desk at 904-620-4357 (HELP),, or on the first floor of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.