Technology Transition Guide

The following guidance will support you as you move equipment from your home to your office on campus. Prior to moving equipment, consider how to balance your technology needs in these locations. Additionally, you may request technical support  to set up your equipment when returning to Yale’s campus.

Prepare for Your Return

  • Take a picture of the connections to your desktop computer, laptop, or docking station as a reference when you are reconnecting equipment on-campus.
  • Mark cables and corresponding connections on your computer, to ensure that it will function properly. This will help you, or support staff (as needed), to reconnect hardware and reduce time spent setting up equipment.
  • Disconnect all cables.
  • Pack everything, including your cables (e.g. power cables, video cables, AC Adapters, keyboard, network cables–usually blue or yellow), power strips, mouse, docking stations, and other small peripherals. 
  • Move all items to your car, being especially careful when placing your monitor in your back seat (face the front toward the seat back). Desktop computers should be placed in the trunk or back of your vehicle, on its side. Laptops should be placed in carrying cases while in transit.

When You Return to Campus

  • Move all items from your car to your office space, including the box of peripherals, monitors, printers, and your computer. Move these items carefully—consider using a cart and taking several trips. 
  • Set up equipment in the desired location on your desk. 
  • Reconnect cables by referring to photos and corresponding labels. Move equipment, as needed, to ensure proper connections.
  • Connect the network cable to docking stations or computers from the computer to the network port (a wall jack).
  • Plug-in your power cords using a wall outlet or power strip; plug your power strip into a wall outlet.
  • Power on all equipment – laptop/computer, monitor/s, printers, etc.
  • Log into your computer.

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