Overview: We sometimes get the question: "What do I need to run Breeze?" The simple answer is, "An internet connection and a modern browser." However, for those of you who are more technically inclined, or just curious, you might want more additional or specific details. This article aims to provide more detailed information when this question arises.
How fast does my Internet connection need to be to run Breeze?
Generally speaking, we recommend at least 10 Mbps download / 5 Mbps upload to use Breeze at an acceptable level of service. You can use Breeze with lower speeds, however, you will likely experience frustration in terms of speed and perceived responsiveness, especially when printing name tags.
There are other factors in play that can impact Breeze performance (network congestion, older/slower computer processors, etc...). But in terms of raw internet speed, 10 Mbps Down & 5 Mbps Up is recommended.
You can test your Internet speed here: http://www.speedtest.net The results (as of this article), look like this:
What Internet browser does Breeze recommend?
A modern Internet browser. This means Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox. We prefer Chrome, but Breeze will work with any of these browsers.
- Support for Internet Explorer will be ending soon.
What kind of computer does Breeze recommend?
You can use Mac or PC (the Breeze staff has Mac and PC users). If you're an Apple Mac fan, pretty much any Mac computer manufactured in the past eight years will work. Newer is better - but even printing name tags on an older Mac will work without too much waiting or frustration.
Windows machines are a bit more tricky, only because there are SO many additional options (processor, video card, storage, etc...). Since we are looking at the general minimum recommendations, this is a good place to start:
Intel Processors: At least a 3rd Generation i3/i5/i7 processor. With Intel, you can identify the generation by the processor number. Ex. - i3-3220 where the '3' in the 3220 defines a 3rd Generation processor.
We don't generally recommend Celeron processors. For normal web-browsing Celeron processors are adequate. However, when it comes to printing name tags, the extra processing power makes a difference.
AMD Processors: 4th Generation A-Series or better
RAM: At least 4GB
Hard Drive: Breeze is cloud-based - not typically an issue
Bottom line: The best advice might simply be, "You typically get what you pay for." If you go out and grab a new laptop off the shelf for $300, the manufacturer has typically cut some corners to bring the price point down. This usually means a slower processor, lower screen resolution, slower hard drive, or simply lower build quality. We don't want to tell you how much you should spend, but if you're buying a new Windows laptop and you're on a budget, you should look for the following specs: seventh- or eighth-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processor (they’ll have model names that start with i3 or i5 and end with 7xxx or 8xxx), 8 GB of RAM, a solid-state drive, and a 1366×768 or better screen resolution. If you're an AMD supporter, you're looking for a 7th Generation AMD A-Series APU.
What mobile devices work with Breeze?
We support both Apple and Android - apps for both are in the App Store and Google Play. With Apple, it's fairly easy to recommend, pretty much any mobile device (iPhone or iPad) manufactured in the past four years won't have a problem running Breeze.
With Android, it gets a bit more complicated, only because there are more Android devices from various manufacturers. With this in mind, our general advice is that if you paid more than $300 for your Android device in the past four years, you'll probably have a good experience using Breeze on that device. You'll notice that this doesn't include the Amazon Fire tablets, and here is our reasoning: the Amazon Fire tablets generally don't have enough processing power to use Breeze. We realize that there are always upgrades, and you might have a good experience with an Android device for around $300. However, the same computer purchase logic applies to our mobile device recommendations in that you generally get what you pay for.
What Platform was Breeze built on?
Original Breeze was built on PHP and MySQL. Breeze 2.0 released for in-app opt-in in September 2019 is React JS build on a Restful API.
We hope this information is helpful, especially if you have an older device that you want to use with Breeze, or if you're looking to purchase something new. We don't want to recommend any one brand or dictate what you should spend. However, with these general guidelines, our hope is that you'll be more informed and use a device that will provide the best possible Breeze experience!