Equipment & System Requirements
For the most up-to-date and full list of equipment and system requirements visit the Zoom Requirements page including requirements for:
- Computer (desktop or laptop, preferred by GSC), tablet or mobile device
- Headset (recommended), microphone and speakers, or phone
- A headset with a built-in microphone is recommended for noisy environments and to minimize audio feedback. Typical headset models cost about $30 and can be purchased at most office supply or electronics store.
- Choose the option that provides the best quality by testing your audio prior to the meeting.
- Phone: Zoom allows the use of a phone for audio instead of the computer audio. The number to dial is available after launching the session, see dialing instructions.
- Webcam (recommended): Most newer laptop or mobile devices have these built in.
For best results, use a computer with a direct ethernet cable connection. Using WiFi may result in reduced video and/or audio quality.
Test Your Connection Speed: Visit http://www.speedtest.net/ and complete the connection speed test. Results will show two numbers as the rate of maegabits per second:
- Download speed (receiving information), and
- Upload speed (sharing information).
The results will typically be quite different, with download speed being much faster than upload speed. This is generally OK, however, you should check your results against Zoom's System Requirements.
Session times are created using Eastern Standard Time (EST), or EDT if in Daylight Savings Time. If you are logging in from a different time zone, be sure to confirm the conversion of your local time to EST/EDT time.