TCDconnect - Connection requirements

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What is this page about

This page gives information on the hardware and software requirements to register with and use the TCDconnect service.

Who will find this information useful.

This information is for Trinity students who wish to connect to the TCDconnect service.

General requirements

The following are the general requirements for connection to the Trinity network via the TCDconnect service:

  • Only holders of a valid Trinity username and password can request connection to the data network
  • All users are obliged to read and be familiar with the terms and conditions of connecting to the network
  • Your computer must conform to the minimum software and hardware requirements listed below
  • Users requiring connection to the wireless network should be aware that there are wireless network card requirements

Software requirements

Supported operating systems

All operating systems must have the latest security updates installed.

Supported PC Operating Systems:


  • Windows 10 (Windows 10 S is not currently supported)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Linux
  • Google Chrome OS (on Chromebook devices)

    For more information please see our Windows support statement.

Supported Apple Mac Operating Systems:


  • macOS Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11), Sierra (10.12)

  • At present, it is not possible to register a computer running macOS High Sierra for the TCDconnect service. We are waiting for our suppliers to add support for High Sierra; when they do this, we will begin testing High Sierra compatibility with TCDconnect. We will notify students when testing is complete and High Sierra will be supported on the TCDconnect service.

    Please see our Mac OS support statement for more information.

Supported Smartphone and Tablet Operating Systems:


  • Android
  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)**
  • Windows Phone
  • Windows RT
  • Kindle

This service requires, for security, that you have a passcode lock set for your smartphone or tablet device. During registration you will be prompted to set a passcode lock or password/PIN if you do not already have one. It is your responsibility to remember this passcode/password/PIN as if you forget it you may have to do a restore from backup and so may lose data. Those using the service are asked to familiarise themselves with some concepts of good IT security for mobile devices. Those using the service are assumed to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions.

** We advise that students wishing to use the student TCDconnect Wi-Fi service not upgrade their device to iOS 11 at present until we have completed the evaluation and testing process and have confirmed that there are no issues.  Please check back here for the latest information.

Supported anti-virus software

All Windows computers must be running one of the supported anti-virus applications listed below. Where you do not have one of the listed applications the TCDconnect system will provide you with links to the required software for download, free of charge, during the connection process. Having more than one anti-virus application installed at once may lead to system instability, so if you already have an anti-virus program that is not listed below then you will need to remove it first before installing one of the supported anti-virus applications. Please consult your anti-virus application provider's online documentation for removal instructions.

List of supported anti-virus applications


  • Windows Defender
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Norton AntiVirus
  • AVG Anti-Virus
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus
  • avast! Antivirus
  • ESET NOD32
  • BullGuard AntiVirus
  • Bitdefender
  • Sophos
  • Trend Micro
  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise
  • The following home versions of McAfee are supported:

    McAfee Antivirus
    McAfee Antivirus Plus
    McAfee Home
    McAfee Internet Security
    McAfee LiveSafe
    McAfee Security Center
    McAfee Total Protection/All Access

 

Minimum hardware requirements

As per the College Structured Cabling System policy and the College Wireless policy, it is not permitted to connect networking equipment such as routers, access points and switches to the Trinity network.

Wireless network adapter requirements


Most wireless network cards with the Wi-Fi Logo should be able to connect to the Trinity wireless network. If you are experiencing difficulties then please be aware of the information below, and if you need further assistance please book into a network clinic.

  • Your wireless card must be WPA Enterprise compatible (also known as WPA with TKIP). Specifically, it is necessary to use the WPA2 protocol. There is a tool available on the Wi-Fi Alliance website which will allow you to determine if your wireless card meets this requirement.
  • Your wireless card must support the 802.11g standard at a minimum, and preferably support 802.11n

Minimum hardware specifications for PCs and Macs


Minimum device specifications supported by IT Services:

  • PC running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    Minimum of 1GB RAM
    Minimum Hard Disk size of 20GB
    Minimum processor speed 1.5GHz
  • Mac running OS X
    Minimum of 1GB RAM
    Minimum hard disk size of 20GB
    Intel-based processor

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