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Some Technology Tricks College Freshman

Electronic appliances and accessories to bring to the dorm
Besides the obvious items: laptop, smart phone, alarm clock and chargers, have you thought of these electronic appliances and accessories to bring to college?
• Noise-cancelling headphones
• Extension cords and cable ties
• Airprint inkjet or laser printer
• Replacement printer ink or laser toner cartridges
Shelf life of unopened ink or laser toner cartridges can be expected to be about 1 year. Compatible or remanufactured printer ink or laser toner cartridges provide cost savings of up to 80% as compared to O.E.M. The best thing is that you can order online and have them delivered to your college mailing address.
• Back up hard-drive
• E-reader or tablet
More and more textbooks are made available in electronic versions. You may want to invest in an e-reader or tablet that enables you to carry your textbooks around campus easily and study on the go.

A wireless set up in the dorm room
College freshmen usually stay in double or triple rooms where space and internet ports are limited. This requires smart organization. Given the number of devices that may need wifi connection, a wireless router is essential. Search the student forum to find out how the current students are setting up the wireless connection.

You will need a working, always-on, broadband internet access with a DSL or cable modem. You will also need a wireless, broadband router with built-in firewall. Then, set up your personal wifi network. Usually it will be a simple “One Step Setup” process explained in the manual.

Cloud storage.
Cloud storage means cyber storage of your media and document files and it is an effective data back-up methodology. An internet hosting service is needed and it allows users to upload files that could then be accessed over the internet from a different computer, tablet, smart phone or networked device, by the same user or possibly by other users, after a password or other authentication is provided. Cloud storage can be expensive. However, there are some free and limited cloud storage services to tap into. To name a few, CNET, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and Evernote all provide free and limited space cloud storage services.