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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?
macOS 10.9

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
Memory/RAM 8 GB

What’s my memory on Windows?
8 GB

What’s my memory on my Mac?
4GB
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
Disk Space 256GB 256GB 32GB
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

Internet Access

Typically, 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. You may also use a WiFi hotspot, which allows your computer to connect to the Internet using cellular networks from providers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Hotspots may be available through Fordham; contact IT Customer Care if you need one.

Minimum Internet Speed Specifications

Recommendation Minimum Specification
Connection speed 20 Mbps
Download speed 3 Mbps
Upload speed 3 Mbps

Test upload and download speeds

Accessories

Recommendation Minimum Specification
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

Software

Recommendation Minimum Specification
Productivity Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365: (Office 365 is available free to students and faculty)

Google G Suite (Drive/Docs/Gmail)
Antivirus Bitdefender (available free to students and faculty)
PDF viewer Adobe Reader DC
Online meeting Zoom

FAQs

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.