Technology KnowledgeBase

Personal Technology Purchases

When you purchase personal technology with any intent to use it at your work, please be aware of the limitations in using personal technology purchases such as printers, cameras, scanners, and handheld devices (such as the iPhone and iPad) with your district computer.

The district does not provide any support for connecting personal devices beyond the content in these KnowledgeBase articles!


For Printers
Your district computer supports hundreds of printer models. Try adding the pinter as you would a district printer. However, drivers already installed on district computer probably do not include models released in the last few months. If you purchase a printer model that needs a driver installed, please create a ticket at https://helpdesk.nsd.org. Download the driver installer from the manufacturer's website, if possible, and leave the installer on the Desktop to expedite  installation. 

For Handheld Devices
Handheld devices often offer the option to synch with your computer. These devices have very specific needs for software on the computer, though, and newer devices, or any that have been recently updated, are likely to have problems connecting to district computers. All of these devices can connect to district email and calendar using a wireless network connection (see KB article 406).

For iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad):
If you get a warning that your computer needs a new version of iTunes to connect with your device, you can still transfer photos/movies by opening iPhoto and synching the phone as a camera device (it should offer that automatically). For transferring any type of files, there is an inexpensive utility called "iFiles" that makes it easy to transer any files to and from your device, as well as viewing many file types.

For Scanners
We do not support the use of personal scanners on district computers.

For Cameras
We do not support any installation of custom software or drivers for use with personal cameras on district computers. For most cameras, though, you can purchase a USB card reader that will read the camera's memory card and make it look like a hard disk to the computer, from which you can easily copy photos and/or movies. The majority of USB devices work with Macintosh computers without any need for custom drivers, especially if they mention Mac OS X support on the package. If you are in doubt, SanDisk and Lexar are always compatible.

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