Recommendations for Stout Online Minimum Personal Computer

This is a list of specifications recommended for students using personal laptops for online coursework. These are recommended minimums.

In order to serve our online students better, we have created a set of minimum recommendations for personal laptops used in online courses. These specifications are the minimum recommended for Mac and Windows machines. Certain courses may require a higher specification. 

Tablet and Mobile Support

Please note that while tablets and other mobile devices can be used for some tasks in online learning, they are not sufficient for completing all online learning requirements. For some tasks, you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer.


Hardware/Software Requirements
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster x86-bit or x64-bit processor (Recommended Intel Core i3 processor or higher)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk: 3 GB available disk space
  • Display: 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 10 or Windows 8.1
    • Apple 10.14, 10.13, or 10.12
  • Browser: Current version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Chrome
  • Microsoft Office is available for download for current students
  • Internet connection: 56K, DSL, or Cable modem required. A broadband connection is recommended. 
  • Some courses may require a headset with an attached microphone.

Corporate and Personal Firewalls

Many corporations and individuals have installed firewalls to protect the computers on their networks. Firewalls can serve two purposes:

  1. Prevent unwanted intrusion of the network (e.g., from hackers, viruses)
  2. Control unwanted traffic to unapproved sites

If you are at work and encounter a firewall-related error message or have problems accessing restricted resources, you may need to contact your corporate IT group for assistance.

If you are using your personal computer and have installed and/or activated firewall or security software, you will need to verify the course sites are not blocked and that ports 80 (standard Web port) and 443 (secure sockets port) are open to your Web browser. Information on how to check this should be in the documentation provided with the software involved.

System Check

Verify the display settings on your computer and plug-ins that your course requires by using this System Check: https://uwstout.courses.wisconsin.edu/d2l/systemCheck 





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Created:2018-08-23 10:34 CSTUpdated:2018-12-06 15:37 CST
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