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System Requirements

For the best in-browser experience, we recommend the latest version of Google Chrome. Other browsers may work, but have not been fully tested. The only variables that affect your Athera experience are bandwidth and latency from your chosen data center.

However, to get the best overall experience from Athera, we recommend using the latest version of the Orbit Desktop Client running on the Oracle build of the 64-bit Java SRE, even if you plan to run the Orbit Desktop Client on macOS. See Using the Orbit Desktop Client for more information.

Warning:  Always use the Oracle build of the 64-bit Java SRE, even if you're running the Orbit Desktop Client on macOS.

Bandwidth Recommendations

The amount of bandwidth required for Athera to run smoothly depends on the size and resolution of the files you're streaming from storage. Below are some rough guidelines for speed and resolution.

1.5 Mbit/s - the minimum connection speed for broadband.

3.0 Mbit/s - the recommended connection speed for broadband.

10.0 Mbit/s - the recommended connection speed for SD quality content.

15.0 Mbit/s - the recommended connection speed for HD quality content.

50 Mbit/s - the recommended connection speed for Ultra HD (4K) quality content.

Latency Recommendations

Latency can be a significant factor affecting your experience with interactive application sessions. The application region used is auto-detected, but you can override the choice. See Choosing an Application Region for more information.

Here are some rough guidelines for latency.

< 40 ms - optimum working condition.

< 80 ms - some lag may occur, but Athera should work as normal.

> 80 ms - anything greater than 80 ms can cause Athera to become sluggish.

Wacom Tablet Support

By default, Athera serves interactive sessions in your web browser with limited support for Wacom tablets. Accessing Athera through the Orbit client fully supports Wacom tablets. The Orbit client is a background process that enables your local machine to run Athera like a desktop application, rather than through a browser. See Using the Orbit Desktop Client for more information.