Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements

Following are recommendations for desktops, laptops, mobile devices and webcams, internet service, and web applications for use at the university. These specifications will help prepare you for working, learning and teaching remotely. If you have any additional questions, please contact the OIT Service Desk


PC Hardware

OIT has negotiated Dell PC laptop bundles for purchase directly through Dell. These laptops and peripherals can be purchased together as a discounted package through the vendor, or separately at the regular price posted on the Dell site in CU Marketplace. More information is available here
PC Hardware Minimum Requirements
  • 2.0 GHz Processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Drive, 20 GB available free space (specifications measure on the c:/drive)
  • Sound Card
  • Minimum of one USB port (USB version 2)
  • 17 inch monitor or greater
  • Mouse (required for desktop devices)
  • Keyboard (required for desktop devices) - full, standard-size with function keys (F1-F12) and number pad
  • Minimum Graphic Resolution: 1024 x 768 16 bit
  • Modem - single port or multi port
  • Router (required for both single or multi port modems)
  • Power Bar / Surge Protector
  • USB Headset (combination of microphone and headset)

 


Mac Hardware

Potential MacBook Pro options are also available here.
Mac Hardware Minimum Requirements
  • 2.0 GHz Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 10 GB Hard Drive
  • Sound card
  • Minimum of one USB port (USB version 2)
  • 17 inch monitor or greater (required for desktop devices)
  • Mouse (required for desktop devices)
  • Keyboard (required for desktop devices) - full, standard-size with function keys (F1-F12) and number pad
  • Minimum Graphic Resolution: 1024 x 768 16 bit
  • Modem (single port or multi port)
  • Router (required for both single or multi port modems)
  • Power Bar / Surge Protector
  • USB Headset (combination of microphone and headset)

 


PC Software

PC Software Options
  • Operating System: Windows 8, 8.1, or 10
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or higher
  • Zoom - current version
  • Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN - current version
  • VMWare Horizon
  • Jabber - current version
  • Cisco IP Communicator - current version
  • Internet Browsers (current versions):
    • Internet Explorer 11.0 or higher
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
  • Current anti-virus / spyware installed at all times
  • Java 2 - version 1.6
  • Windows Media Player 12.0 or higher (for video and sound)
  • Adobe Flash Player plugin version 18.0 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 11.0 or higher

 


Mac Software

Mac Software Options
  • Operating System: MacOS 10.13 High Sierra and later (including Mojave and Catalina)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or higher
  • Zoom - current version
  • Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN - current version
  • VMWare Horizon
  • Jabber - current version
  • Internet Browsers (current versions):
    • Safari 10 or higher
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
  • Current anti-virus / spyware installed at all times
  • Java 7 and higher
  • QuickTime 10.1 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

 


Webcam System Requirements

Webcam System Requirements
  • 2.0GHz processor
  • For PCs:
    • Windows 7 or higher
  • For Macs
    • All iMac and Mac laptops (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with retina display) come with built-in webcams for video conferencing
  • 2GB RAM
  • 200 MB Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Internet connection

 


Internet Service

Internet Service Requirements and Speed Recommendations
  • Service Requirements:
    • Internet access provided by a cable, DSL or fiber provider
    • Wired or wireless connection
    • Minimum upload speed of 2 mbps
    • Minimum download speed of 5 mbps
  • Speed Recommendations:
    • Up to 25 mbps for:
      • 1-2 devices connected to the internet
      • Surfing the web
      • Email
      • Instant Messaging
      • Moderate video use
    • 50-100 mbps for:
      • 3-5 devices connected to the internet
      • Surfing the web
      • Email
      • Instant Messaging
      • 4K video streaming

 


Web Application Options


Mobile Device Suggestions

Mobile Devices
  • iPhone 7 and higher
  • Android version 7.0 or higher
  • iOS 12 or higher

 


Computer Options for Working from Home

There are several options for using a work computer from your home. Below, please find more information about:

  • Taking your work computer home
  • Remote in to your office computer
  • Purchasing a computer to work from home
  • Considerations when choosing technology