• When selecting computers for your use within the department the following are strongly recommended.
  • All printers or other devices are subject to approval for being added to the network. If they compromose the security of the network or lack a firewall they will not be allowed on the network per the computer policy and any applicable campus or UC policies.
  • Generally the software you wish to use will direct which hardware to purchase as well as the operating system. A list of the most common software found in the department is available here


When selecting a computer for your work in your group it is important to select the right specifications that will keep the system fast for the life of the computer.
General guidance for minimum reccomended system specs:
  • Minimum 500gb solid state drive
  • 16gb RAM
  • i5 processor
Video cards for for Solidworks or Linux:
  • INvisia cards are recommended.
  • Solidworks will run better with a graphics card, even the entry level Nvidia 400/600 series.  . 
Recommended warrant for the expoected life of the computer:
  • Desktops 4-5yrs
  • Laptops 3-4yrs


Here are a few things to know before ordering a printer:

  • If you are planning on ordering any printer you plan want to use on the wired network please contact support first to make sure it has a functional firewall, ethernet and current model HP.
  • Wireless only printers with no Ethernet will not work here at UCSB since the UCSB wireless is for mobile devices. These printers are for a home office where you are in control of the wifi which is not supported by the network plociies in place.
Not Recommended
  • All in one
  • Ink Jet Printers
  • Non HP



Anyone associated with UCSB with an active netID has access to bot BOX or Google drive as a means to backup their data for free.

  • BOX Drive - Box drive functions as a cloud drive for you to copy files to or from mobile devices, Macs, and Windows. Existing accounts that have more than 10gb are unaffected but there is still a 15gb file size maximum. As of 2020 new Box accounts are limited to 10gb of total data so if more space is needed they should look at using Google. 
  • Google Backup & Sync - Syncs files to your computer using space as well as you can configure it to just work as a backup with selected folders. 
  • Google File Stream - Functions as a cloud drive for you to copy files to or from Macs and Windows. Google limits the maximum mount of data to you can upload in a 24hr period to 745gb.
  • Rclone - Available for Linux users that wish to use BOX ( or Google (  that lack support from their OS to connect to either service.