UNE requires students to have access to an internet enabled computer for their studies at UNE.
Below is some information on the recommended minimum technical requirements, a browser check and a internet speed test. Please contact the IT Service Desk if you have any questions.
Step 1: Recommended minimum specifications:
A computer that can runs Mac OS10.4 (or higher) or Win XP (or higher)
- CD-ROM or DVD drive capable of playing CD-ROMs (some units materials are on DVD)
- Headphones or speakers
- Microphone (optional)
Microsoft Office (2003 for Windows/2004 for Mac) or higher; or
Open Office 3 or higher (download from here)
Adobe Acrobat Reader at or above version 9 (dowload the latest version from here)
Flash player 10 or higher (download from here)
Java 6 or higher (download from here)
Anti-virus software (download from here)
iTunes (recommended for podcasts - download from here)
Browsers (at least one from the list below)
Internet Explorer 8 or higher (download from here)
Firefox 3 or higher (download from here).
Safari 4 or higher
Step 2: Browser check:
UNE's browser test will check your browser to make sure that all relevant settings are set to allow make full use of our electronic resources. it will take a few seconds to display the results.
Step 3: Bandwidth check:
Run the bandwidth check at
A connection speed of 56KB modem or below will only be sufficient for email and basic webpages, but will make downloads of large files (such as electronic readings) slow.
A connection speed of 256 KB will give you a reasonably fast connection to the internet and should cause little delay with downloads of large files (such as electronic readings or podcasts) and give you acceptable speeds for low quality audio streams. Video streaming (such as videoconferencing) or high-quality audio streams may not be possible.
A connection speed of 512 or higher should give you sufficient bandwidth for all online teaching tools used at UNE.