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Hardware Requirements

Desktop Computer Hardware for WorkFlows

Desktop Computer Peripheral Hardware for WorkFlows

Mobile Tablet Hardware for MobileCirc

Network Firewall Hardware for VPN Connectivity

Self-Check Software to replace Millennium Express Lane


Staff and OPAC Workstation Requirements and Recommendations (Updated 7/14)

When considering the purchase of new desktop computer hardware for your library’s staff and public workstations, it’s important to consider the minimum hardware requirements for SirsiDynix’s three software platforms that will be used by SWAN: Symphony WorkFlows, Enterprise, and BlueCloud.


SirsiDynix’s Symphony WorkFlows client, which accounts for nearly all staff functions, utilizes a proprietary Java installation that is updated with each new release of Symphony. The Online Patron Access Catalog, Enterprise, is largely compatible with most common browser configurations on a variety of operating systems. Finally, BlueCloud, which will eventually replace some functions of Symphony’s staff WorkFlows clients, is a browser-based platform, and is compatible with most current Windows-based browsers. As the BlueCloud platform continues to evolve, however, the compatibility of certain legacy hardware and software configurations may vary.


The minimum requirements listed below are based upon SWAN’s agreement with SirsiDynix and the current Symphony installation’s performance requirements. Recommended specifications are based upon current trends within the desktop market to achieve optimal performance in a working environment, while also maintaining the hardware in a typical 3-5 year lifecycle.


Hardware Type

Recommendation Type



Hard Disk

OS / Software

Monitor Resolution

Peripheral Ports

Staff Desktop / Client Workstation

Minimum Required

Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent



Windows 7


x4 USB 2.0


Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or AMD equivalent

8GB or higher

120GB or higher 7200RPM HDD or SSD

Windows 7 64-bit or newer

1280x720 or higher

x2 USB 2.0

x2 USB 3.0

Online Patron Access Catalog (OPAC) Workstation

Minimum required

Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent



Internet Explorer Browser 8


x2 USB 2.0


Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or AMD equivalent

4GB or higher

120GB or higher 7200RPM HDD

Chrome, Firefox, Public Web Browser

1280x720 or higher

x2 USB 2.0


Tablet Requirements and Recommendations

All recommendations are for the latest generation of hardware to ensure continued software support for several years, and for the smallest storage (usually 16GB). The MobileCirc application requires very little space for installation.

Android devices, while compatible, are not recommended due inconsistencies in device configuration and unreliability when working with recommended BlueTooth peripherals.

Windows Surface tablets do not support the MobileCirc application, and are not compatible. 

All MobileCirc devices must be library-owned and registered with SWAN to receive licensing.

A guide to getting started with MobileCirc can be found at the following link: Hardware Requirements/MobileCirc_GettingStarted.pdf

The MobileCirc registration survey can be found at the following link:

 Hardware Type


Compatible / Alternate Option 1

Compatible / Alternate Option 2

MobileCirc Tablet

Apple iPad Mini (or larger)

Google Nexus Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tablet 

Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

Socket Mobile 7Qi CX3308 (2D)

Socket Mobile 7Ci CX2870 (1D)  

Bluetooth Receipt Printer

Star Micronics SM-S220i    

Receipt Printer Paper

2 1/4 x 50' Thermal Paper    


Network Requirements and Recommendations

Please email SWAN IT ( to discuss network hardware recommendations prior to planning/purchase. SWAN IT will need to coordinate configuration of the unit before installation, and can make vendor recommendations for pricing.

Hardware Options

NSA 220

NSA 2600

NSA 3600

Firewall inspection throughput

600 Mbps

1.9 Gbps

3.4 Gbps

Full DPI throughput

110 Mbps

300 Mbps

500 Mbps

Application inspection

195 Mbps

700 Mbps

1.1 Gbps

IPS throughput

195 Gbps

700 Gbps

1.1 Gbps

VPN throughput

150 Mbps

1.1 Gbps

1.5 Gbps

Connections per second




Gigabit Ports





Desktop Peripheral Requirements and Recommendations


Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Patron Signature Pad

Topaz SignatureGem LCD 1x5 T-LBK462-HSB-R

Topaz SignatureGem LCD 1x5 T-L462-HSB-R


Patron Image Camera

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 (Or greater)

Logitech c310 HD Webcam (Or greater)  

Receipt Printer

Epson TM-T88V

Epson TM-T88IV  

Sticky Receipt Printer

(Hold wrappers)

Epson TM-T88IV ReStick


Barcode Scanner

Honeywell 1300g Honeywell 3800g (3800g was replaced with 1300g)  
Spine Label Printer Zebra GX420t    

Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

Socket Mobile 7Ci (1D)

 Socket Mobile 7Qi (2D)  


Self-Check Requirements and Recommendations

Millennium Express Lane Replacement Software: EnvisionWare OneStop 2.0