Software & Systems

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom logoZoom accounts are available for current student, faculty and staff.  Sign up for an account using your UM email address at After you have signed up for an account, please send an email to the Solution Center, requesting incorporation into the UM Zoom account.

New to Zoom?

View informational video resources on Zoom’s website. These videos showcase everything from how to start a meeting to screen sharing and meeting controls.

Zoom Backgrounds

University Marketing & Communications has created Zoom virtual backgrounds so that you can bring the Bricks to your home office or classroom. Enable your Zoom virtual background in the Zoom Account Settings.

Create Secure Meetings

Avoid “ZoomBombing” – unwanted participants and content. When creating meetings, establish a password for the meeting or a waiting room. IS&T recommends turning off file transfer and annotation when these features are not in use. Remember that you can mute and remove unwanted or disruptive participants if necessary. Meeting hosts can prevent removed participants from rejoining.

Securing Your Zoom Meetings

Review Default Settings

Below are a list of recommended security settings. Before starting a Zoom session, establish secure settings to begin hosting secure meetings. Once signed into your account, click on the Settings tab to review all settings. A blue button (toggled to the right) means the setting is on. A gray button (toggled to the left) means it is off.

    • Host video – Off
    • Participants video – Off
    • Audio Type – Telephone and Computer Audio
    • Join before host – Off
    • User Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting – Off
    • Require a password when scheduling new meetings – On
    • Mute participants upon entry – On
    • Private chat – Off
    • Auto saving chats – On
    • File transfer – Off
    • Allow host to put attendee on hold – On
    • Screen sharing – Who can share? Host only
    • Disable desktop/screenshare for users – On
    • Annotation – Off
    • Whiteboard – Off
    • Remote control – Off
    • Virtual background – Off
    • Identify guest participants in the meeting – On
    • Auto-answer group in chat – Off
    • Attention tracking – On
    • Waiting room – (for small classes) On
    • Allow live streaming meetings – Off

Update Zoom

Keep your software secure by regularly performing software upgrades.  By updating to the latest version, you will receive security patches and updates to ensure the security of your computer and also your meetings. Visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to update.

System Requirements

An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth
A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or:
An HD cam or HD camcorder with a video-capture card
Note: See the list of supported devices.
Virtual camera software for use with broadcasting software like OBS or IP cameras
Note: For macOS, Zoom client 5.1.1 or higher is required.

Supported Operating Systems

macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
Windows 11*
*Note: Windows 11 is supported on version 5.9.0 or higher.
Windows 10*
*Note: Devices running Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported.
Windows 8 or 8.1
Windows 7
Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
Mint 17.1 or higher
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher
Oracle Linux 6.4 or higher
CentOS 6.4 or higher
Fedora 21 or higher
OpenSUSE 13.2 or higher
ArchLinux (64-bit only)

Supported Tablet and Mobile Devices

iOS and Android devices
Blackberry devices
Surface PRO 2 or higher, running Windows 8.1 or higher
Tablet PCs running Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported.
Tablet PCs only support the desktop client.

Supported Browsers

Windows: Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
macOS: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
Note: Some features in the web client are not supported on Internet Explorer.

Processor and RAM Requirements

Minimum Recommended
Processor Single-core 1Ghz or higher Dual-core 2Ghz or higher (Intel i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
RAM N/A 4 Gb
Notes: Dual and single-core laptops have a reduced frame rate when screen sharing (around 5 frames per second). For optimum screen-sharing performance on laptops, we recommend a quad-core processor or higher.
Linux requires a processor or graphics card that can support OpenGL 2.0 or higher.

High-DPI Support

High-DPI displays are supported in Zoom version 3.5 or higher

Bandwidth Requirements

The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimized for the best experience based on the participant‘s’ network. It will automatically adjust for 3G, WiFi, or wired environments.

Recommended Bandwidth for Meetings

For 1:1 video calling:
For high-quality video: 600kbps (up/down)
For 720p HD video: 1.2Mbps (up/down)
For 1080p HD video: 3.8Mbps/3.0Mbps (up/down)
For group video calling:
For high-quality video: 1.0 Mbps/600kbps (up/down)
For 720p HD video: 2.6Mbps/1.8Mbps (up/down)
For 1080p HD video: 3.8Mbps/3.0Mbps (up/down)
For gallery view receiving: 2.0Mbps (25 views), 4.0Mbps (49 views)
For screen sharing only (no video thumbnail): 50-75kbps
For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps
For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps
For Zoom Phone: 60-100kbps

Current system requirement can be found on the Zoom system requirements webpage.

Additional Information

Please see the links below for additional tips and tricks for securely using Zoom, security updates and the Zoom Help Center and tutorials.
Zoom BlogZoom DownloadZoom Help CenterZoom Product UpdatesZoom Video Tutorials