Hardware Requirements

BSD SpecLink-E is a client/server application that may be used by a single user (standalone) or installed on a network for use by any workstation on which the client is installed. An Internet connection is required for operation in both standalone and network configurations. The charts below summarize the hardware requirements for each version of our software. For additional information, please review the SpecLink-E Hardware and Installation Guide (.pdf) or contact BSD Technical Support at 1-800-266-7732.

BSD also offers SpecLink-E Web Hosted. The web-hosted version of SLE can be accessed from all major computer platforms anywhere an Internet connection is available (Windows, Macs, Linux, IOS (iPad/iPhone), and/or Android and offers all of the features, advantages, and benefits of the traditional version of SLE. But software updates and hardware upgrades are handled by BSD and occur regularly at no cost to the customer. This ensures that both the user interface and SpecLink data remain up-to-date. There are no known VPN or firewall issues with the web-hosted version of SLE.

Professional Version

  Standalone Configuration Server/Workstation Configuration
  Standalone (Both Server and client) Workstations (Client only)

Network Server

Professional

Install location Laptop or Desktop Laptop or Desktop Server
Internet Connection Required Required Required
Browser Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher Not required
Processor Intel-compatible processor, 2 GHz or better
Operating System: (English only operating system) Windows 7 or newer Windows 7 or newer Windows Server (20031, 2008 or 2012) SP22  
(32 or 64-bit) (32 or 64-bit) (32 or 64-bit)
RAM 4 GB or more 2 GB or more 4 GB or more
Minimum Required Disk Space 10 GB on C: drive4 1 GB 10 GB on C:drive4
Monitor Resolution XGA or better XGA or better XGA or better
DVD Needed if setup is not downloaded
Printer Laser printer or PDF writer Laser printer or PDF writer Not required

Corporate Version

  Server/Workstation Configuration
  Workstations (Client only) Network Server
Corporate
Install location Laptop or Desktop Server
Internet Connection Required Required
Browser Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher Not required
Processor Intel-compatible processor, 2 GHz or better
Operating System: (English only operating system) Windows 7 or newer (32- or 64-bit) Windows Server ( 2008 or 2012) SP21(32 or 64-bit)
RAM 2 GB or more 4 GB for 2 users+ 2 GB per each additional concurrent user2
Minimum Required Disk Space 1 GB 10 GB on C: drive3
Monitor Resolution XGA or better XGA or better
DVD   Required for initial installation
Printer Laser printer or PDF writer Not required

Web Hosted Version

  Workstation Configuration
Devices Workstations, desktops, laptops, phones, tablets (Client only)
Install Location Installed 2X client
Internet Connection Required
Browser Internet capable browser
Processor Intel-compatible processor, 2 GHz or better. ARM for mobile devices
Operating System: (English-only operating system) Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X (10.5 or newer) and Linux. For iPhone/iPad, Android OS version compatibility, see your app store for the “2X” app
RAM 2 GB or more for desktops and laptops only
Minimum Required Disk Space 1 GB
Printer Laser printer or PDF writer
1. BSD will always provide support for their software but cannot guarantee the operating environment in which you run it. Since Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows XP and will shortly discontinue support for Server 2003, there may be some unforeseen circumstances and instability in the future with regards to running software on it that is outside of BSD’s control and would not be supported.
2. Currently, we do not support SpecLink-E installation with the following configuration: Windows 2011 & 2012 essentials with Office 365. Contact support at 1-800-266-7732 for further information.
3. For our Corporate users we have found that 4 GB of RAM on the server devoted to SpecLink-E is sufficient for 2 concurrent users. To maintain performance we recommend that an additional 2 GB of RAM be installed for each additional concurrent user.
4. During initial installation, the database can be installed on another local drivewith a minimum of 3GB that must be available on the C: drive.