BYOD Laptop Program

 

All students are required to Bring Their Own Apple Mac OR Windows laptop. 

Contained below are the minimum technical specifications required for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, including software and accessories.

 

BYOD - General Guidelines
Hardware
The device must support our 5 GHz wireless network (ie Dual Band Wireless)
The device must support the 802.11n wireless protocol
It is recommended that the device should support the 802.11ac wireless protocol
The device should have a battery that lasts for over 6 hours
It is recommended that the device include a warranty for the useful life of the computer e.g. 3 years for notebooks/laptops
Operating System
The device shall be running either the current version or the previous version of the following operating systems:
Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10; or
Apple Mac OS X
Antivirus
An up-to-date Antivirus and Antimalware program.

 

BYOD - Requirements

N.B.:          It is critical that the student device support our 5 GHz wireless network (ie Dual Band Wireless capability)


Operating System

Window 7 or Windows 10

macOS 10.11 or higher

**Wireless 5GHz (Dual Band)

802.11n 5GHz

It is recommended that the device support 802.11ac

802.11n 5GHz

It is recommended that the device support 802.11ac

Screen Size

13” recommended

13” recommended

Storage Capacity (Minimum)

128 GB

128 GB

RAM (Recommended)

8 GB

8 GB

Battery Life (Minimum)

6 hours or more

6 hours or more

Required Accessories

Protective Case/Cover

Headphones/Earbuds

Protective Case/Cover

Headphones/Earbuds

Antivirus

Up-to-date Antivirus (e.g. Microsoft Security Essentials)

Up-to-date Antivirus (recommended even for Mac)

Warranty

The College recommends a 3 year Warranty or AppleCare

Backup

Students are encouraged to backup their laptop (e.g. DVD or External Hard Drive, or use their unlimited Education Google Drive Storage)


Other Software Required

 

 

Windows Laptop 

Apple Mac Laptop 

 

All Subjects

 

 

Microsoft Office (see below)

 

Pages/Numbers/Keynote (free from the Mac App Store)

or

Microsoft Office (see below)

Other Software Required on all

laptops (latest versions)

Google Chrome, Adobe Reader

 

Microsoft Office 365 is available FREE to students of Sydney Catholic Schools. Students need to go to https://products.office.com/en-au/student/office-in-education and enter their @sydstu.catholic.edu.au email address here. Students will then receive a link to where they can access and download Microsoft Office 365 for PC or Mac for free.

Teachers of some subject areas may require students to install other free software on their laptop that is critical for study or assessment in that particular subject.  The College will support students by loading this software on our Network where possible for students to access and install (e.g. Software which supports our eTexts, and so on). 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

 

Do I need to purchase a new Laptop?

 

  • No – so long as this laptop satisfies the requirements as listed.

 

I have a Windows Laptop that only has 2.4 Ghz wireless. Is there anything that I can do?

 

  • Yes. Windows laptops that only have 2.4 Ghz wireless can access our wireless network if you purchase a Dual Band mini USB Wireless adapter (2.4 and 5 Ghz).  These can be purchased for as little as $24, and once the software is installed and the adapter inserted, connects to our network without issue.

 

I already have a Windows laptop (or Mac) – how can I find out if it supports 5 Ghz wireless?

 

  • The easiest way is to look at your laptops specifications to find this out. Dr Google is also useful for this. Failing this, please contact us for our help to determine this for you.

 

Does the Laptop have to have 802.11ac wireless?

 

  • No. 802.11n is sufficient, but 802.11ac does provide increased access speeds and is the latest wireless protocol.

 

Does the College have access to Adobe licensing for products like Photoshop, Premier, etc?

 

  • The College has licensing for Adobe Creative Cloud. This will enable students studying particular electives to access Adobe Creative Cloud as part of their course.

 

 

Please also note:

 

  • All students will be supported in connecting their BYOD laptop to the College wireless, printers and other necessary resources
  • Use of BYOD laptops must comply with the College Acceptable Use Policy
  • All students will continue to pay a Technology Levy for the provision of College wide ICT services. This fee contributes to the provision of classroom hardware such as data projectors, printers, network infrastructure, and related ICT resources for student use.
  • The College, as always, endeavours to assist families in whatever way it can.  Please contact me if you have particular issues or questions.
  • Whilst College Help Desk Support Staff will not able to undertake physical repairs to privately owned devices (as this would void warranty), they are always available for troubleshooting hardware and software issues through the IT Help Desk, and for general assistance of an IT nature.
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