Reliable Internet Connection
Video conferencing requires a very fast Internet connection. We require the following minimum Internet connection speed per CONNECT system:
- Download speed: 10 Mb/s
- Upload speed: 1.5 Mb/s
- Wireless Router/Access point: 802.11n
You can test the speed of your connection at http://www.speedtest.net. If your connection does not meet the minimum requirements, you must contact your Internet Service Provider to upgrade your connection for the length of your class.
Inability to connect or remain connected is not an excuse for failing to participate in live classes.
The minimum speeds listed above assume the system is the sole bandwidth consumption device on the network for the interim of the class period. Adjustments to these minimums need to be made for other devices on your network.
Computer and Operating System
Video conferencing, with its multiple simultaneous video connections, demands a good deal from your computer. Make sure it meets the following requirements:
- WINDOWS USERS
Supported Platforms: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Minimum System Requirements:
2.0 GHz or faster Dual Core Processor or 1.6 GHz Core i5/i7
2 GB of RAM minimum (4 GB or more recommended)
HD Capable Video Card
- MAC USERS
Supported Platforms: 10.6+ (Snow Leopard or higher, PowerPC processors are not supported)
- MOBILE DEVICE USERS (not recommended)
iOS 9+ *
Chromebook (1.8 GHz+ processor and 2 GB of RAM or better)
* The iPad provided by Forest Lake Academy cannot be used for video conferencing unless instructed to do so for temporary for troubleshooting reasons.
You will need access to a printer and flat-bed scanner to submit certain assignments. If you have any questions please contact the Forest Lake Academy IT department at 407-772-3728 and ask for Ryan Glass.
You must have software* that allows for the following, on your device:
* Additional software may be required depending on your class and teachers.
HD webcam is required (720p-1080p). Most newer laptops have a built-in webcam that meets these requirements. If you don't have a built-in webcam, please purchase a USB HD-capable webcam.
Headset and Microphone
The built-in speakers and microphone on your computer will cause echo problems for you and your classmates during class. We therefore require the use of a headset (headphones with a microphone) for the best audio quality.
Please note that Apple Earphone and Mic (the item that comes standard with an iPhone) are not acceptable for video conferencing. Your teacher will not allow you to participate in class without the proper required headset.