What Hardware Do I Need?

It may be tempting to do all your learning online from your mobile device, but to access all course content confidently, you will want to use a computer. One reason is that sometimes mobile devices may not display the content correctly.

The Computer

If you’ve had your computer for 5 years or less, it will most likely be able to handle most video conferencing software and other software requirements. We suggest that you have at least:

  • 2.5Ghz Dual Core Intel Core i5 (or higher) Processor
  • 4GB Ram
  • Operating system of Windows 10, macOS10.7 (Lion) or newer

The Video

If your computer is a laptop with a built-in webcam, this will most likely be the simplest option for you. When it comes to cameras, bigger is not necessarily better, especially as technology continues to shrink down. If you need to purchase a webcam, please consider something that would be capable of recording at HD resolution (1080p).

The Audio

Again, if you have a laptop, the microphone and speakers are built in. However, due to the proximity of the built-in mic to the noise-making parts of some computers (fans, hard drives, electric signals), the audio quality may suffer. If this is the case for you, we recommend using an external microphone. On that note, you may want to use a headset with a microphone for the best audio experience.

The Internet Connection

We recommend a high-speed connection with at least a download/upload speed of 20Mbps. You can get by with lower speeds, but it may take longer to upload, download or stream. You can check your connection speed at speedtest.net. Keep in mind that other people or devices on your network will can impact your speed test.

Tip: Internet connection speed can be improved by reducing the number of applications and browser windows or tabs you have open and by turning off any video sharing.

If you are on campus, follow these instructions to get you connected to the campus wifi.