Computing & Technology

METROGATE STUDY AREA

Our main student study area is located in Metrogate House, one of FIE’s student residences. It features computers and study areas for student use on a round-the-clock basis. The facility contains 20 all-in-one Dell PCs with Windows 10 and all PCs are equipped with the full range of Microsoft Office Professional applications. Students have fast and unrestricted online connectivity through fiber optic cables that provide each of our sites wired and wireless Internet access with 100Mbps speed for upload and 100Mbps for download. All PCs are connected to laser jet printers including a scanner dedicated to student use. The Lab is monitored at all times by Metrogate staff and the IT Director.

The specifications of the facility are as follows:

  • 20 new all-in-one Dell PCs with Windows 10 operating system
  • 3 LaserJet printers, students print for free 
  • Scanner, laptop, projector and a sound system
  • Software consisting of the full range of MS Office software applications, Acrobat Reader, and VLC
  • Wired and Wireless Internet connection 

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

All FIE buildings are equipped with a 24-hour wireless Internet connection. Students and faculty may access the wireless system in any of these buildings using their laptops. The wireless system is connected to fiber optic cables that provide each of our sites with 100Mbps speed for upload and 100Mbps for download.

Most laptops now have wireless capability which is required for wireless Internet access. Students must also ensure that they have an up-to-date operating system and that they have installed anti-virus software on their laptop.

FIE will not be responsible for fixing, buying, replacing or providing hardware or software for students’ laptops.

All cable and wireless network use should comply with FIE rules and policies, as well as both UK and US Internet and software usage regulations. FIE’s networks are for educational use and purposes only. Some activities are strictly prohibited, this includes:

  • Unauthorized downloading of programs and files
  • Illegal file sharing
  • Accessing pornographic sites
  • Interfering with hardware equipment 

IT SUPPORT POLICY

FIE provides IT support for the main cable and wireless networks every day of the week from 9 am—10 pm, including weekends and holidays. Faculty and students can receive advice on their personal devices from 9 am—5 pm from Monday to Friday on business days. This is only limited to general IT advice and does not include fixing any software or hardware problems, however, we can advise you where to go for help. 

20 all-in-one Dell PCs with Windows 10