System Requirements
Prior to downloading the CQG IC trading platform, please review the following system requirements recommended by CQG, Inc.:

  • Processor: Dual-Core. Intel® Core™2 Duo (2.33 GHz or better) suggested. Intel Core i5 or i7 is recommended.

  • Operating System: Windows® 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP. 64-bit Windows 7 recommended. Windows 2000 is not supported.

  • Memory: 4GB RAM. 6GB DDR2 SDRAM or more for Vista or Windows 7 is recommended.

  • Hard Drive: 200GB, 7200RPM with 4GB of free hard disk space. 500GB SATA 6.0Gbit/s HDD with 6 - 10GB free hard drive space is recommended. It is advisable for overall system performance to have 30 to 40% of free disk space.

  • Network Adapter: Network Interface Card (NIC) configured to use TCP/IP (required for DSL, Cable, or T1).

  • Internet Access: Internet service via a high-speed connection, such as DSL, cable or fixed wireless/wireless local loop (WLL). Connectivity using Ethernet cabling is preferred over wireless connections. Internet over Satellite (loS) is not recommended. Dial-up is not supported.

  • Video Card: Dual-port graphics adapter with 128Mb of memory, 64Mb per port. 1GB DDR3 or better is recommended.

  • Power-Saving Settings: Hibernate and stand-by modes cannot be used on a system running CQG IC. Hard drive power-saving features should also be disabled.

  • Multi-Monitor Configuration: These specifications are appropriate for single- and dual-monitor setups. If you have three or four monitors, you need a higher-performance processor, video card and network connection.

  • Optional: Sound 16-bit SoundBlaster™ compatible sound card for enhanced audible alarms.
Note: CQG Inc. recommends closing all other applications (while remaining logged into the Internet) before starting the download.

To download the CQG IC platform, visit and select "PRODUCTS" from the top menu bar. From the next screen, click on "CQG Integrated Client" and then the "Get Started!" button on the next screen, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Click "Get Started" to advance to the download page.
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On the next screen, you will find links for System Specifications, User Guides as well as Quick Reference guides. Click on "Download," as shown in Figure 2, to begin the installation process.

Figure 2: Click "Download" to begin the installation process.
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A pop-up will appear prompting you to save or run the .exe file. Select "Save." You will see a percentage progression display as the file is being downloaded. Once the download is complete, select "Run." The CQGNET InstallShield Wizard and WinZip self-extractor will appear, as shown in Figure 3.

The CQG IC InstallShield Wizard.
Figure 3: The CQG IC InstallShield Wizard.
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Once the file extractor is complete, click "Next" on the Welcome Screen. Read the terms and select "I accept the terms of these agreements," as shown in Figure 4, and click next. If you do not accept the terms, the installation will terminate.

Figure 4: Accept the terms of the agreement and click "Next" to continue.
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Upon successful installation, you will receive a window that indicates that the InstallShield Wizard has successfully installed CQG. Click "Finish" to exit the Wizard. The CQGNet icon (see Figure 5) will now appear on your computer's desktop; double-click to launch the platform.

The CQG desktop icon.
Figure 5: The CQG desktop icon. Double-click to launch the platform.
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You will then be prompted to enter your user name and password, as shown in Figure 6. These are provided to you when you register with CQG. Note: CQG IC is not a free platform; users must pay a monthly fee.

Figure 6: Enter your User Name and Password to launch the platform.
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After you enter the required information, the CQG IC platform will launch with a "Welcome to CQG Version X.X" window that includes useful links for:

  • Getting started - customer resources, optimization tips and tutorial pages.

  • Customer support - live chat, remote PC support and advanced training.

  • Stay connected -, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MarketsWiki and Google +.

You can access the Welcome to CGQ window at any time by going to the Menu Bar > Info > Welcome to CQG IC.

Note: The NETS Core and supervisor auxiliary programs run while CQG IC is running. These programs will start automatically when CQG is launched and are hidden by default. Do not close these programs while CQG IC is running.

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