BYOD Device Specifications
Device Specifications and Minimum
WHAT IS BYOD?
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the program that allows students to bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. This personal computing device needs to meet certain minimum specifications that are recommended by the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and the school.
There is some flexibility around which device students can use at school, however Apple and Android devices are not recommended as there will be problems of accessibility to networks and incompatibility of software. We recommend a laptop or a tablet that has an attached physical QWERTY keyboard.
It is essential that the device brought to school has the following specifications.
THE NSW DEC WIRELESS NETWORK
The DEC wireless network installed in High Schools operates on the 802.11n 5GHz standard. Devices with 802.11a/b/g or 802.11n 2.4GHz only should be able to connect to our network if their wifi drivers are current.
Ask this question before you buy a device for BYOD -"The NSW Department of Education has a 5GHz (n) wireless network that uses a full range of channels. Will this device connect on all channels in the 5GHz range?"
Do not purchase a device for BYOD unless the answer is "yes".
Additionally, the device must meet all of the following functional requirements pertaining to software:
As per the Hardware Specifications listed above.
Please note: Adobe Creative Suite 6 is available as a one of free download for students on their personal devices from the Department of Education & Communities on the following site.
This is strongly recommended for students studying Art, Graphics and Multimedia.
USB or cloud based backup solution (Example: Office 365 or Google Drive)
Students must ensure that their files are regularly backed up. Note that not all "cloud" based solutions will work through the DEC network.
A USB is recommended for all students.
All devices must have a security program installed and kept up to date. Examples include Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG and Norton.
- Before students bring their own personal device to school they will be required to sign the student BYOD agreement with their parent's authorisation.
- Students will be required to use devices according to school and NSWDEC policies.
- Students will need to ensure that their device is kept secure at all times.
- Students will need to keep their devices safe using carry case, screen guards etc.
- Long term care, maintenance and support of any devices purchased is the sole responsibility of students (and their parents).
Those wishing to look at the Departments' BYOD policy can do so at: