Remote Technology Recommendations
Minimum Technology Recommendations for Faculty, Students and Staff
The following information details the minimum technology specifications needed to successfully teach, learn, and work in a remote location.
For faculty: What's needed to create a Blackboard course page, use online course materials and University software, develop asynchronous content using video capture, and hold synchronous sessions with Zoom.
For students: What's needed to access remote classes and meetings, and use online course material, including University software.
For staff: What's needed to access University software applications and participate in remote video meetings.
Minimum Personal Computer (PC) Recommendations
|Recommendation||Windows-based PC||Apple Mac/macOS-based PC||Chromebook|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise
What’s my Windows version?
What’s my Mac version?
|Chrome OS 83|
|Web browser||Google Chrome or Firefox||Google Chrome, Firefox in addition to Safari||Google Chrome|
|Processor||Intel core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
What’s my processor on Windows?
|Intel core i5
What’s my processor on my Mac?
|Intel core i3|
What’s my memory on Windows?
What’s my memory on my Mac?
|Available Storage||20 GB free space
What’s my free storage in Windows?
|20 GB free space
What’s my free storage space on my Mac?
|20 GB free space|
|Display resolution||1280 X 720
What’s my display resolution on Windows?
|1280 X 720
What is my display resolution on my Mac?
|1280 X 720|
|Connectivity||Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories||Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories||Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories|
Telephone and TV service providers offer the best Internet access. They can equip your household with an Internet modem, which connects to your computer via an ethernet cable, or a wireless router. A WiFi hotspot may be used as an alternative connection. It allows your computer to connect to the Internet using cellular networks from providers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. A hotspot, however, might not provide enough bandwidth to meet your needs and therefore should be used only as a short-term solution. For help with choosing a way to connect to the Internet, contact IT Customer Care.
Minimum Internet Speed Specifications
|Connection speed||20 Mbps|
|Download speed||3 Mbps|
|Upload speed||3 Mbps|
|Webcam||Minimum resolution: 720P or 1080P HD
Use an external webcam if your device does not have an internal webcam.
|Audio||Speaking: Most laptops and tablets feature microphones. Other options include a webcam microphone and external microphone
Listening: Speakers, headphones
Speaking and listening: Earbuds with mic, phone headset
|Productivity||Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365: (Office 365 is available free to students and faculty)
Google G Suite (Drive/Docs/Gmail)
|Antivirus||Antivirus software for University-issued devices|
|PDF viewer||Adobe Reader DC|
Which browser should I use?
- Use the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. Allow these browsers to update automatically. These browsers work well with Blackboard, Panopto and Fordham's other web-based tools. For best results, install both browsers in case one of them isn't working with an online application.
- Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari are not recommended because they may not be compatible with many of Fordham's applications and systems.
My PC uses Windows 7. Is that ok?
Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7, and therefore it should not be used due to security concerns and compatibility issues with Fordham applications. Moreover, Fordham IT may not be able to support you if you run into a problem. For assistance with upgrading your PC to Windows 10, contact IT Customer Care.