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I.T. Support for Students

The Office of Information Technology offers a wide range of computing and technology services and resources for Ohio Northern University students.

IT Help Desk Phone:  419-772-1111         Email:

Important Logins:




Computer Repair & Support

If you need help with your personal computer, please contact the IT Help Desk at 419-772-1111 or  Walk-ins are also welcome (located in Northern Commons 121).

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Basic Troubleshooting
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Software Installation
  • Operating System Installation
  • Virus/Malware Removal
  • Mobile Device Setup
  • Data Backups
  • Data Restoration
  • Network Your Gaming Device
  • Password Resets

Summer Walk-in Hours:
Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Weekend Hours:
Closed Saturday & Sunday


Software Downloads

ONU offers various free and paid software downloads to students.

Recommended Mobile Apps:



Technology Recommendations

The Office of Information Technology does not recommend a specific vendor for computer purchases. Both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh systems are supported. However, the following minimum requirements should be met when purchasing a new computer. The College of Law and the College of Business Administration recommend a laptop.

Ohio Northern University students are eligible for special educational pricing from the following vendors:



  • Processor: 2.0 GHz  Dual Core or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM or greater
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB or greater

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • Apple: Mac OSX 10.10 or greater

Software Provided by the University:

  • Current Microsoft Windows Operating System (upgrade license)
  • Microsoft Office (Windows and Mac OS X) - Get Office 365

Extra Considerations:

  • Wired network ports are available in residential rooms (ethernet cable provided at the IT Help Desk).
  • For devices without built-in Ethernet, consider a USB/Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter.
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g is available in academic and residential areas.  Some areas are 802.11n
  • Printers are accessible in academic labs. Consider purchasing a personal printer (wireless printing not supported).
  • Android Tablet or iPad
  • Headphones
  • A USB Flash/Thumb drive (16 GB or greater)
  • Wireless mouse for laptop
  • Extra phone charger

Cellular Coverage:

  • Verizon Wireless (4G on campus)
  • ATT Wireless (3G on campus)

Please install the latest operating system patches and anti-virus updates before you arrive on campus.

ONU Cable TV System

ONU residence halls became digital cable ready in July 2014. A digital/HDTV that has a QAM tuner is required to receive digital channels. Most televisions purchased after 2008 will have this tuner. A QAM digital tuner allows your TV to receive high definition digital TV programming without the need for a set-top box. Unfortunately some low cost TVs come with only NTSC and ATSC digital tuners, but not QAM digital tuners. NTSC and ATSC digital tuners are not compatible with the ONU cable TV system.

ONU Cable TV Channel Lineup

Equipment Needed:

  • Cable-ready television with a QAM tuner. In order to view the high-definition channels, you will need an HDTV. If your television does not have a QAM tuner, you must purchase a separate digital set-top converter (digital converters are available at many online retailers)
  • Coaxial TV Cable


  • Connect one end of the coaxial TV cable to the coax jack on the wall-plate and connect the other end to the IN or ANTENNA jack on your TV
  • Set your tuner to CABLE
  • Run your TV’s scan or auto-program feature to discover all available channels

Cable TV Issues:

Please call the IT Help Desk at 419-772-1111 for assistance.

Information Technology: Help Desk

IT Help Desk

Northern Commons Room 121
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed