Computing from Home

For the best online experience, a broadband connection to the Internet is recommended.

Many Internet Service Providers (ISP) throughout the state offer connections through Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) and over cable modem systems.

If you don’t have broadband service now, the Maine Office of the Public Advocate maintains a rate and coverage guide with comparisons of local services at

Your computer hardware should meet these minimum recommendations:

Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
Mac Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel-based) (PPC-based NOT supported)
Processor 1.8 GHz or higher
Memory 512MB
Supported Browsers Internet Explorer® 8, Firefox 3.6, Safari 4.0Internet Explorer 9 and Chrome 9 are not supported at this time.

Software requirements for online courses will vary according to the subject of study. However, a word processing program can be considered essential. Specific course requirements will be part of the syllabus.

Purchasing computer hardware and software
Computer Connection is the University of Maine System’s computer store for all students, faculty and staff. Substantial discounts may be available.

You may visit the store on the Orono campus of the University of Maine or purchase through their web store or by phone at: 800-261-5543

USM Computer Store