ICT has prepared a list of tools and resources that will help make working from home easier. These include remote access, collaboration tools, and general information.
Discount Internet Services
Amid the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax.
You may qualify if you:
- Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available.
- Are eligible for public assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days.
- Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old. Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 12/31/20.
Sign up at apply.internetessentials.com.
Wifi Hot Spots
Comcast is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It’s also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can’t pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.
The cable, phone and media giant is offering internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month or less through their Access from AT&T program.
Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data and won’t see overage charges through December 31.
Fios customers who qualify for the low-income Lifeline discount program will receive a $20 per month discount on their home internet service for as long as they remain eligible for the program.
The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.
For low-income households in need of computers or affordable internet, visit everyoneon.org to see what is offered in your area.
Parking lot 19, on the East side of Rhodes Garret Hamiel (accessible via S Locust St. from E University Ave.), and Parking Lot 57, on the West side of the Computer Center (accessible via Sweet Ave. from Stewart St.) have outdoor wireless available for those who need internet and can work from inside their cars.
NMSU Extension offices, Agricultural Science Centers offer free Wi-Fi access to rural students
The NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is offering free Wi-Fi access for students through its many Cooperative Extension Offices and Agricultural Experiment Stations throughout the state. Rural students who need access to a wi-fi network for classes may visit CES and AES locations in their counties to access the Wi-Fi signal on their devices from the parking lot while using recommended social distancing practices. Most locations already have Wi-Fi access up and running, and more are expected to be online soon.
The guest password for the network at each location is Aggies#1.
Devices that have already been registered on an NMSU campus should be able to connect to the network. Devices that haven’t previously been connected on campus will need to be registered at netreg.nmsu.edu. For assistance with registering a device or accessing the wi-fi network, contact email@example.com or call 575-646-3305.
Extension/ASC Offices with Wi-Fi available:
- Bernalillo County Extension Service, 1510 Menaul Ext. Blvd NW, Albuquerque
- Chaves County Extension Service, 200 E. Chisum, Door #4, Roswell
- Cibola County Extension Service, 515 W. High St., Grants
- De Baca County Extension Service, 905 N. 1st Street, Fort Sumner
- Eddy County Extension Service, 1304 W. Stevens , Carlsbad
- Grant County Extension Service, 2610 N. Silver St., Grant County Office Complex, Silver City
- Guadalupe County Extension Service, 244 S. 4th, Suite 110, Santa Rosa
- Lea County Extension Service, 101 B South Commercial, Lovington
- Lincoln County Extension Service, 409 Central, Carrizozo
- McKinley County Extension Service, 5002 W. Hwy 66, Gallup
- Mora County Extension Service, Hwy 518 M.M. 29 #1 Court House Drive, Mora
- Northern District Office, 4001 Office Court, Suite 308, Santa Fe
- Otero County Extension Service, 401 Fairgrounds Road, Alamogordo
- Quay County Extension Service, 216 E Center Street, Terry Turner Building , Tucumcari
- Rio Arriba County Extension Service, Rural Event Center, State Rd. 554, House #122-A, Abiquiu
- Roosevelt County Extension Service, 705 East Lime Street, Portales
- San Juan County Extension Service, 213-A S. Oliver Drive , Aztec
- San Miguel County Extension Service, 20 Gallegos Road, Las Vegas
- Santa Fe County Extension Service, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
- Sierra County Extension Service, 2101 S. Broadway, Sierra Conservation Plaza , T or C
- Socorro County Extension Service, 198 Neel Avenue, NW, Socorro
- Alcalde ASC, 371 County Rd. 40, Alcalde
- Artesia ASC, 67 E. Four Dinkus Road, Artesia
- Clayton ASC, 15 NMSU Lane, Clayton
- Clovis ASC, 2346 State Road 288, Clovis
- Farmington ASC, 300 Road 4063, Farmington
- Los Lunas ASC, 1036 Miller St. SW, Los Lunas
- Tucumcari ASC, 6502 Quay Road AM 5, Tucumcari
The following emergency offerings by Internet Service Providers was compiled by the NM Public Education Department (PED) and the Homework Gap Team (PED, Department of Information Technology, State Library, Public Schools Facility Authority, Santa Fe Indian School, and the Navajo Nation) through a request to New Mexico Internet Service Providers (ISP) for their emergency offerings during the Covid19 pandemic. In addition, the “Team” also has included national offerings specific to New Mexico that are being compiled by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA).
To view the offerings, see Internet Service Provider Emergency Offerings.
Doña Ana County partnered with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, ITDRC, to make free, outdoor Wi-Fi service available at Community Centers, starting today.
“Within Doña Ana County’s colonias, just like in all communities, families should have easy access to quality and affordable internet service,” said Senator Tom Udall. “The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the stark digital divide in colonias and other New Mexico communities, where residents face a persistent disadvantage in accessing education, healthcare services and the modern digital economy.”
Students can either drive to the parking lots of the Community Centers or access the projectConnect network just outside the building, maintaining social distance of at least six feet from others and wearing a mask. To access the service, students and interested community members should connect to the network named “projectConnect by ITDRC.org”. No password is required to access the Wi-Fi service.
“We are excited to enable more connectivity at the Community Centers’ outdoors areas, especially now, during the pandemic so children can access online platforms and keep up with their school work,” said Bob Bunting, director of IT at Doña Ana County. “This additional access in underserved areas is a down payment to narrow the digital divide in Doña Ana County.”
Below is a list of Community Centers at which free Wi-Fi service is now available to residents:
|Placitas Community Center||241 Monticello Street in Hatch|
|Rincon Community Center||220 Baker Drive in Rincon|
|Doña Ana Community Center||5745 Ledesma Drive in Doña Ana|
|Butterfield Community Center||9350 Berry Patch Lane in Butterfield|
|La Mesa Community Center||744 San Jose Road in La Mesa|
|Organ Community Center||5880 Second Street in Organ|
|Radium Springs Community Center||12060 Lindbeck Road in Radium Springs|
“I want to congratulate Doña Ana County and ITDCR Project Connect for partnering to set up WI-FI hotspots at the county community centers to connect students and rural colonias residents with the internet they need to safely continue their education or connect to other services, and I will continue fighting to increase broadband access for all New Mexico communities in Congress,” Udall said.
ITDRC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2008 to provide communities technical resources needed to operate and recover after a disaster. To learn more, please visit itdrc.org.
For more information about Doña Ana County, please visit donaanacounty.org.
Remote Access to NMSU Data, Systems, and Office Computers
If you’re working from home and need to access files, systems, or the work computer in your office, you’ll need to use specialized software tools. The tools you’ll need depend on what you are accessing.
- VPN (above) for the secure path to NMSU data and systems and;
- Remote Desktop Connection. Remote desktop is software that allows a computer in one location (home) to access and control another in a different location (work). The beauty of Remote Desktop is that once it’s running, you’ll be connected to everything on your work computer, as if you were sitting in your office.
For instructions on using remote desktop, see How to Use Remote Desktop.
Those who are not administrators on their work computers may need to contact their IT team to be added to the remote desktop users’ group.
(Note: Remote Desktop comes installed on Windows 10. Mac users can download Microsoft Remote Desktop on the app store.)
VMware Horizon allows users to access on-campus desktops/software from off-campus. For more information on accessing NMSU’s virtual lab, see VMware Documentation.
Note: Up to 100 lab virtual machines can run concurrently. If you receive the following error message, it means they are all in use, and you’ll have to try again later.
Meeting with your coworkers (at a distance).
For more information, see our various OneDrive Help Resources.
For more information, see Microsoft Teams – Introduction.
Zoom is an easy-to-use video conferencing tool that allows you to meet online with your coworkers, with or without video. You can even screen-share with Zoom.
To access Zoom and view helpful resources, see Zoom at NMSU.
For a comprehensive guide detailing all of Zoom’s security features and functions, see Zoom Security Guide.
Available Software & Downloads
Phone/Call Forwarding Information
Access to the features listed below will require a work order for programming. This can be accomplished by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Press the “Forward All” softkey.
- Then enter the call forward target phone number exactly as you would dial it from your phone.
- Example: For Cell 555-5555 you would enter 8-555-5555
To verify that your calls are forwarded, look for the “Forward All” icon in the line label, and the forwarding information in the header.
By default all NMSU Administrative lines have local call forwarding capability. To support the current situation, users who require call forwarding to long distance numbers can request a no-cost programming work order. Users need to be aware that long distance charges will apply to forwarded calls if not local to your desk phone.
To set up call forwarding to a long distance number, put in a work order by emailing email@example.com.
For additional help, see Telephone and Voice Mail Tutorials and Guides.
Remote Phone Control:
Users can be associated with their desk phone and remotely turn call forwarding on and off via myphone.nmsu.edu.
To add this feature, put in a work order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department voicemail messages can be relayed to emails. Voice messages arrive as an email with a .wav file attachment.
To set this up, put in a work order by emailing email@example.com.
Department fax machine numbers can be converted to e-fax numbers. This allows faxes to arrive as an email with a pdf attachment.
Faxes can also be sent from user email accounts. To manage messages via the web, visit nmsufax.nmsu.edu.
For access to eFax, put in a work order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many departments are using Cisco Jabber to make and receive calls remotely from their 646 phone numbers. This is an app you can install on your computer or smartphone that allows you to make and receive calls as if you were using your office number.
To get Jabber, put in a work order by emailing email@example.com.
More to help you work from home.
ICT’s Help Desk provides general technology assistance to the NMSU community. To contact the Help Desk, call 646-1840 or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Desk hours can be found below. We will be working remotely, so please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
|Day(s)||Hours||After Hours (phone/email only)|
|Monday - Friday||8:00 am - 5:00 pm||5:00 pm - 8:00 pm|
|Saturday||N/A||10:00 am - 3:00 pm|
NMSU’s knowledge base is a searchable online library of information that can help you find the answers to your technology questions and is available at kb.nmsu.edu.
Faculty Support for online technologies during emergencies:
If you are NMSU faculty and need technology assistance as it relates to online teaching or the use of Canvas, visit Emergency Online Instruction.
If you have further questions, please send them to email@example.com.