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Computer Hardware/Software Specifications

 

Important:  Please visit our technical compatibility check website by pointing your browser to techcheck.scnm.edu

This site will evaluate the software on your computer to ascertain compatibility with SCNM applications.  It also provides the latest hardware/software requirements to successfully interact with our systems.

 

We recommend the following hardware, software, and Internet bandwidth specifications:

Students will need to navigate a variety of technology systems during their academic career at SCNM - please refer to these minimum hardware/software requirements to successfully navigate our systems.

Students must have access to a broadband Internet connection, a personal computer manufactured within the last three years. Students may also need a USB Headset (the built-in microphone and speakers of a computer may not be sufficient) and a USB Webcam (most laptops include this functionality) for videoconferencing needs.

A quick word on web browsers and mobile platform access:

  • SCNM systems are accessible by current versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Mac-based Safari browsers will likely function but are not recommended.
  • The significant variability of computers, operating systems, web browsers, applications, standards and versions may pose access challenges for some systems. If you find that a system does not work on a specific browser, consider trying a different browser.
  • Consider periodically refreshing your browser cache. This tends to solve many browser performance issues. Visit the website: https://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/ for guidance on your specific browser(s).
  • SCNM systems are not yet formally supported for access on mobile platforms - however, some or even all system features may be functional on your specific device. A computer or laptop, however, is the recommended platform for primary use. 
  • Note that we discourage the use of Chromebook devices due to their limited functionality.
  • Keeping your system updated (operating system, Internet browsers, Adobe Reader, Java, anti-virus, etc.) will provide the best interaction experience with our systems.

Internet Connectivity:

  • Access to high-speed network connection (broadband connection such as cable or DSL - not dial-up) with minimum 1.5MB upload and download speeds. When participating in computer-based audio/video conferencing, a wired connection to the Internet is recommended.
  • Check your Internet speed using online tools such as: www.megapath.com/speedtestplus

PCs:

  • Processor: 2.5GHz Dual-Core (Intel i5 or i7 processor recommended).
  • Memory: 8GB RAM.
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet (wired port) or wireless adapter.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit operating system recommended) - check for latest updates at update.microsoft.com).
  • Hard drive: 250 GB.
  • Multimedia capability and speakers.
  • Headset with microphone that plugs into your computer (contemporary laptops will have this capability).
  • Monitor or laptop screen with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution or better.
  • Software - install latest versions unless otherwise specified:
    • Internet Browser: Mozilla Firefox / Goggle Chrome.
    • Google Chrome: chrome.google.com.
    • Mozilla Firefox: www.firefox.com.
  • Current anti-virus software.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 productivity suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Note: Current students/faculty/staff can download the Office suite on their computers at no charge on up to five personal devices. Visit Student Resources page at My.SCNM for more information.
  • Adobe Reader: get.adobe.com/reader.

Macs:

  • Processor: 2.5GHz dual-core or better.
  • Memory: 8GB RAM.
  • Hard Drive: 500GB.
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet (wired port) or wireless adapter.
  • Monitor/Screen: 13" LCD supporting 1024 x 768 resolution or better.
  • Operating System: OS X High Sierra.
  • Software - install latest versions unless otherwise specified:
    • Internet Browser: Mozilla Firefox / Goggle Chrome.
    • Google Chrome: chrome.google.com.
    • Mozilla Firefox: www.firefox.com.
  • Current anti-virus software.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 productivity suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Note: Current students/faculty/staff can download the Office suite on their computers at no charge on up to five personal devices. Visit Student Resources page at My.SCNM for more information.
  • Adobe Reader: get.adobe.com/reader.