Sites @ Home Hardware & Software


Hardware Specifications

The Sites @ Home program has several models of Dell Latitude and Macbook Air available for loan. The exact hardware provided for each loan can vary and we are unable to accommodate requests for specific hardware or models. Models are provided on a first come first serve basis. The models currently in our fleet are as follows:


  • Dell Latitude 5400
    • Intel i7-8665U
    • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
    • 512 GB SSD
  • Dell Latitude 5420
    • Intel i7-1165G7
    • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
    • 512 GB SSD
  • Dell Latitude 5430
    • Intel i7-1255U
    • 16GB DDR4 RAM
    • 512 GB SSD
  • Dell Latitude 5440
    • Intel i7-1365U
    • 16GB DDR4 RAM
    • 512 GB SSD
  • Dell Latitude 5450 
    • Intel Ultra 5-135U
    • 16 GB DDR5 RAM
    • 256 GB SSD


  • Macbook Air 13in (2022)
    • Apple Silicon M2
    • 8 GB Unified RAM
    • 512 GB SSD
  • Macbook Air 13in (2024)
    • Apple Silicon M3
    • 16 GB Unified RAM
    • 256 GB SSD

Our Mac inventory is limited and requests for Mac will only be approved for use cases requiring a Mac based on the identified academic use case. 


Students are granted local administrator access to download and install their own software. Mac devices are provided with only factory installed software. Our Windows devices are preloaded with the following software

  • Windows 11
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Office
  • VS Code
  • Zoom

Other software licenses provided to students and available for download include: 

Users can also use Virtual Sites if they prefer a virtual machine computing session. Virtual Sites is useful because it has a broader selection of software.

Some software titles are restricted to approved research applications. Users needing to access these titles will need to submit a Software Exception Request.

CAEN Students

CAEN Students have additional applications available for self-install. Go to the CAEN Knowledge Base to find available titles.


Loaned devices needing software or hardware support should be brought into the Michigan Union Tech Shop for service. When visiting isn’t an option or you have a question about your device, you can also submit a support request here. Devices experiencing hardware issues may be swapped to another available unit by request, but working devices may not be swapped during the loan period. If the currently loaned device is no longer meeting the student’s needs, they should return their current device and submit a new request.