Checkout Laptops

Laptop computers can be checked out by Engineering students, faculty and staff at the student desk in the Fiedler Learning Commons.  They may be used anywhere on campus that has K-State wireless access, but must not be taken off-campus. In fact, you won't be able to effectively use them off-campus.

These laptops offer the same software and capabilities as the Fiedler Learning Commons desktop computers.  They have integrated wireless network cards, so you can use them anywhere on campus that has wireless coverage.

How to check out a laptop

Laptops may be checked out from the Fiedler Learning Commons student desk with a valid K-State ID card, or reserved online at http://www.engg.ksu.edu/reserve.

The laptop will be checked out to you for a period of four hours (or less if the Learning Commons will close sooner).   You must return the laptop on time as someone else may be waiting to use it.  If no one else is on the waiting list and you return it on time, you may renew for another checkout period.

Usage guidelines

  • Do not take the laptop off-campus
  • Laptops will only have wireless network access in areas with wireless coverage.
  • Do not loan the laptop to others.
  • Return the laptop on time.

Good things to know

The laptops must be connected to the campus network (either wireless or wired) to work properly.  A network connection allows you to authenticate (login) to your engineering account, use our installed software, access your engineering home directory, and print to our network printers.

If you want a wired connection, use the provided network cable to connect the laptop to any live network wall jack.  In the absence of a network cable, the laptop will make a wireless connection, assuming you are in an area with wireless service.

Note that not every network wall jack in Fiedler Hall is live.  We installed extra network jacks when the building was constructed and have not yet activated some of them.

Our laptops are configured with support for more than one network printer.  Before you print, make sure you select the printer you want and know where your pages will be printed.

Important cautions

  • A reboot or logout will erase any files you have stored on the laptop hard drive.  To prevent data loss, store your data files on a CD, DVD, flash drive, or a network drive.
  • Wireless networking is ABSOLUTELY INSECURE.  Anyone on the wireless network can see, unencrypted, everything you send or receive.  You should not use a wireless connection to transmit or receive sensitive or confidential data, such as credit card numbers or purchases, student grades, banking or financial transactions, etc. - anything you would not want publicly known.  If you need to to protect the privacy or confidentiality of information you send or receive, use a wired connection to a network jack instead.  There are exceptions to this rule, such as if a website begins with "https" rather than "http" -- but assume your wireless network traffic is unencrypted unless you know otherwise.

Problems? Questions? Need Help?

  • Report problems immediately to the Fiedler Learning Commons student desk.
  • The Fiedler Learning Commons student desk can answer most questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I reserve a laptop?
    Laptops may be reserved at the Fiedler Learning Commons student desk with a valid K-State ID card, or reserved online at http://www.engg.ksu.edu/reserve.
  2. How can I save my data?
    You can save your data to any USB memory device or a writable CD or DVD.  You can also save data to any network drive you have access to, such as your home directory (H: drive).
  3. Can I print from these laptops?
    Yes, they can print to the same network printers as the Fiedler Learning Commons desktop computers.
  4. What software is on these computers?
    The software should be the same as installed on the Fiedler Learning Commons desktop computers, which you can see from here.
    Are these laptops the same as the checkout laptops in Hale Library?
    No.  These laptops are provided by the College of Engineering, and are configured and managed by CECS (College of Engineering Computing Services).  They are entirely separate from the laptop computers available for checkout in Hale Library.