For optimal performance, we recommend an operating system of Windows 2000, XP, or 2003, or well as Apple's MacOS X 10.2 or higher.
The workstation should include a processor of 400 MHz or higher, sufficient RAM to run a first-tier Web browser (256MB), and a display set at 1024x768 (XGA) pixels or higher.
Macintosh usability testing is done on an Apple Mac Mini with 1.4 GHz CPU, 256MB RAM and the latest Safari browser.
The playing of media requires the installation of certain plug-ins or operating system-bundled software, such as Windows Media Player 10, Macromedia Flash, Real Player, etc.
We have found that computers having an 800 MHz Pentium III CPU are sufficiently fast to run MediaCAST. While you may be able to get by with less CPU power, you should have at least 256MB RAM, as those plug-ins tend to need that much memory to run smoothly.
However, when it comes time to play a streaming video file, we suggest that the user have a broadband connection of approximately 384KBit/sec. This is typically met by DSL, cable modem and fixed wireless connections, as well as access on an institution's local area network.
If you do not meet the 384Kbit/sec benchmark, MediaCAST can be adapted to stream the video and audio files from a local source, such as a CD-ROM or USB key drive. Please contact your MediaCAST system administrator for more details about these options.