Minimum Equipment Standards
These minimal standards for equipment are designed to be guidelines to utilize as you purchase equipment. They have been developed by the working subcommittee for Telecommunications and Equipment. It is important to keep in mind that all purchases must also be in the 'spirit' of the grant, for example it would not be appropriate to buy six computers, if there was no wiring available to connect them to the Internet. In addition to the list of minimum standards below, equipment will be purchased for use in your high school or library to expand Internet access and the facilitation of distance learning.

Client Computer Purchases and Upgrades

New Hardware purchases must meet all of the following minimum requirements: 166 MHZ processor with 32 MB Ram, 2 GB disk space, network card, sound card and 15 inch screen with 800x600 resolution and also meet the software requirements included below.

Hardware upgrades can be performed as long as the computer will be upgrade to meet all of the following minimum requirements: Power PC or Pentium Processor with 32 MB Ram, 0.5 GB disk space, network card, sound card and 15 inch screen with 800 x 600 resolution and also meet the following software requirements.

Software Requirements: The operating system must be either Mac 7.5.5, Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 or a newer release of one of these operating systems. The computer must have either Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or better.

Server Computer Purchases (this category only applies to school districts):

Must be at least 200 MHZ processor, with 64 MB Ram and 4 GB of disk space, running Windows NT, the server must have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and a 2 GB tape backup system.

Other Equipment Purchases:

Grant money can be spent on noncomputer equipment as long as the equipment is used to develop or enhance the distance learning experience. Allowed equipment includes digital cameras, scanners and up to one network printer per partner.

Software Purchases:

Grant money can be spent on software as long as the programs are used to develop or enhance the distance learning experience.

Wiring & Telecommunications Equipment Purchases:

Allowed equipment includes category 5 wiring, hubs, wireless-networking equipment, switches, bridges and routers.

Hardware and Equipment allocations will be spent in the following approximate proportions. 60% will be spent on "Client" and "Other Equipment" purchases including "Client Upgrades", 20% on "Software" purchases and 20% on "Wiring".