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Computer and Internet Requirements for Virtual Study

Written by Mandie Brooks in School News on September 2, 2020

Dear students,

As you prepare to study virtually during the upcoming Fall 2020 term, please ensure that you have prepared your essential equipment.

To help you make preparations, our IT team has compiled a list of minimum computer and internet specifications. These are minimum requirements for you to study virtually, to attend classes via videoconferencing, etc.

A Computer or Laptop Specifications:

Your classes will require the use of a Personal Computer or Laptop. This is essential for successful study at AC, you cannot study virtually using a mobile phone and we do not advise that you share a computer or laptop. If you do not already own a laptop or personal computer, please review our recommended specifications below.


All the following specifications should be considered minimum requirements.

  • Compatible Operating Systems: (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Webcam/Microphone: Both a webcam and microphone
    are mandatory to participate in class and write exams
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 8100, AMD Ryzen 2 1300
  • RAM: 4GB minimum
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB HDD or 128GB SSD
  • Screen: 13-inch
  • USB Ports: USB-A or USB-C or Thunderbolt
  • Screen Ports: HDMI or DisplayPort
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Internet Specifications:

You will need a reliable and secure internet connection at home in order to safely access your classes. A reliable internet connection means that you can reliably access the internet at any time of day.

For privacy and security reasons, we recommend that students use a secured network, rather than rely on a public network, which could be unsafe. A secured network should be password protected.

To access course content and participate in videoconferencing, you will require a minimum internet connection speed.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5 Mbps download and 1.5 Mbps upload speed
  • Recommended Requirements (for best performance):
    25 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload speed

You can test your internet connection using any of a number of free online sites, e.g.

To learn about the essential supplies and equipment as you prepare for the start of term, including textbooks and more, please refer to your Welcome Package. If you have lost or did not receive a Welcome Package, you can request a copy by emailing

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