Technical Requirements

Participants must have a computer with the following requirements:

A computer which meets the minimum system requirements, listed here or below.

An internet connection of 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended). That is well below the speed of most DSL or cable connections.

A microphone and speakers. A headset is preferable to reduce background noise and feedback loops. Students speak with one another and with the professor using their computer microphone. An integrated headset which has both a microphone and headset is highly recommended to reduce background noise and feedback loops. We recommend a USB integrated headset from logitech, but many others are on the market, too.

Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 or greater (free from the Adobe website, click here).

The ability to download and read documents in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format (free download, click here).


Test your computer system

Click on the button, below, to test whether your computer has a compatible version of Adobe Flash Player, whether you can connect to the Syracuse University computer servers, whether your connection is fast enough to participate in live seminars, and whether you have installed the Adobe Connect Add-in (an optional piece of software which enhances performance.


Optional Browser Add-In

The Adobe Connect Add-in is a specialized version of Flash Player, required for the following functionality in an Adobe Connect Meeting Room: Screen sharing, Offline recording (FLV format), Sharing a supported file by dragging it into a share pod, and enhanced audio and echo cancellation. It is a free download, offered to you the first time that you enter the Adobe Connect classroom that we use for weekly seminars. We recommend that you accept it. More information about the add-in can be found on Adobe's website at this link.


Complete Computer Requirements

Click on the operating system of your computer:

- 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®

  • - Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
  • - 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
  • - Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1

- 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor

  • - Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7.2 (Intel)
  • - 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • - Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari 4 or 5; Google Chrome
  • - Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • More information on Mac OSX Lion support can be found here.

- Ubuntu 10.04; Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) 4.x or 5.x; Novell SUSE® 9.x or 10.x

  • - Adobe Connect Add-in for Ubuntu 10.04 only
  • - Mozilla Firefox
  • - Adobe Flash Player 10.1

- Apple devices running iOS 4 or 5; compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod touch (3rd or 4th generation recommended)

  • - Android™ devices running Android 2.2 or later with Adobe AIR® 2.7 or later for Android; compatible with HTC EVO 4G, HTC Flyer, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Xoom, and Samsung Galaxy Tab (7-inch) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • - BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry® Tablet OS (QNX) 1.0.6 or later with AIR 2.7 or later for BlackBerry; compatible with BlackBerry PlayBook
  • Note that simultaneous teleconference activity is restricted when using a carrier that does not support simultaneous data and voice. For devices that do not meet these requirements, meetings can be attended in the browser if the device meets the following requirements: Mobile operating system with Flash Player and AIR support (Flash Player 10.1). Attending via the Adobe Connect™ Mobile app is recommended.

Need still more information? See Adobe's website by clicking here.


Or, once registered, contact the technical support person for this course by clicking here.