Taking Your Computer Home - A Checklist

CalArts employees can only bring technology home after completing the Remote Work Authorization Form and receiving said authorization from their supervisors and Human Resources.  Please complete the following process before proceeding:

  1. Complete Remote Work Authorization Form and indicate technology being taken home
  2. Seek approval from your supervisor, or VP, and submit to HR
  3. When you have the authorization to work remotely and take equipment home then follow these steps

This guide is written for those in our community directly supported by CalArts IT (CAIT), and is intended to cover our "standard" PC and Mac desktop and laptops.  

CalArts Faculty and Staff using technology not managed by CAIT should check with their supervisor before taking any CalArts-owned technology home.

Technology Checklist

During the COVID-19 event, CalArts IT (CAIT) has made available laptops for as many of our community as we can, but there remains a large contingent that may need special applications or have other specific requirements that preclude them from using a 'standard' loaner laptop.

In the current circumstances, CAIT has created the following checklists for folks to follow so they do not go through the effort of bringing their desktop computer home just to realize they forgot the power cord!

If you aren't sure where to plug in your accessories at home, we strongly advise taking a picture with a cell phone of the ports before unplugging your computer!

Dell All-In-One (AIO) Desktop Checklist


The Dell AIO computers should be fairly easy to take home, and you only need to remember the basics. The most important thing to remember, however, is the Dell desktop computers do not have WiFi.  If you take your computer home you will need a network cable and a home router to plug it in to!

  1. The computer itself (of course!)
  2. Your keyboard
  3. Your mouse
  4. Power cord
  5. A power strip (if you can access the wall-plug, and only after taking pictures of what is currently plugged in)
  6. A network cable (looks like a big fat phone connector)

Please keep in mind that taking your computer home does not mean you retain access to your network drives, on-campus printers, etc.  VPN access is required to access the resources that stay on-campus.

Dell Laptop Checklist


  1. The computer itself (of course!)
  2. External power adapter

Optional:

  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Laptop docking station (where all of that plugs in to)

If you decide to take the docking station, make sure to take pictures of how everything is connected before unplugging!

Please keep in mind that taking your computer home does not mean you retain access to your network drives, on-campus printers, etc.  VPN access is required to access the resources that stay on-campus.


Mac Desktop Checklist


Like the Dell AIO computers, iMac's are fairly self-contained:

  1. The computer itself (of course!)
  2. Your keyboard
  3. Your mouse
  4. Power cord
  5. A power strip (if you can access the wall-plug, and only after taking pictures of what is currently plugged in)

If you have a battery-powered mouse make sure to have AA batteries at home.  If your mouse re-charges with a cable make sure to also take the requisite USB to Lightning cable as well.

Please keep in mind that taking your computer home does not mean you retain access to your network drives, on-campus printers, etc.  VPN access is required to access the resources that stay on-campus.

Mac Laptop Checklist


  1. The computer itself (of course!)
  2. External power adapter

Optional:

  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Laptop docking station (where all of that plugs in to)

If you decide to take the docking station, make sure to take pictures of how everything is connected before unplugging!

Please keep in mind that taking your computer home does not mean you retain access to your network drives, on-campus printers, etc.  VPN access is required to access the resources that stay on-campus.

Special equipment like a second monitor, desktop printer, or laptop docking station should be carefully considered before taking home.  

Make sure you know how to re-connect everything, as CAIT support may be unavailable at the moment you encounter a problem!

Changelog

March 16, 4:06 PM: Added telework authorization requirement.

March 16, 2:47 PM: Added content about IT not having boxes. 
March 16, 1:44 PM: Initial Post

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