Recommended BYOD Device Specifications
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an initiative being implemented at Frederick Irwin Anglican School which will allow students to embrace a personalised learning experience both at school and at home by allowing students to bring their personal technology devices into the school to assist with achieving their learning aspirations.
The BYOD supported technologies include, but are not limited to, the use of such devices as slate or tablet computers, laptops and transformable tablets running either Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX operating systems. Other devices such as Apple iPads and android tablets will work; however, deficiencies in the functionality and usability of these devices make them unsuitable for use as the main device used in the classroom, and will therefore not be permitted.
The table below outlines the minimum and recommended hardware specifications for any device intended to be enrolled in the school ‘Bring Your Own Device’ program. The hardware specifications of the device accessing the School Virtual Desktop Program must meet the minimum specifications below in order to provide an acceptable level of performance at school. The performance of the student laptop when not connected to the school virtual desktop is dependent on the performance of the host computer, and this should be considered to ensure that an acceptable level of performance is achieved for performing additional non-school related functions.
|Network||Wireless 802.11n||Wireless 802.11ac|
|Wireless Frequency||Wireless 5GHz 802.11a||Wireless 5GHz 802.11a|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768 pixels||1280 x 1024 pixels|
|Screen Size||11”||12” – 14″|
|Processor Speed||intel i3equivalent|
|Disk Requirements||Operating System Dependent||>120 Gb Solid State Drive **|
Listed are the supported OS settings for BYOD – these are the minimum, as the recommended is always likely to be the latest version.
NOTE: *** Windows 10 S – whilst Windows 10 in S mode will support the VMWARE VIEW Client software, the security restrictions imposed by Windows 10 in S mode limits the ability of students to install software which is not from the Microsoft App store. This may restrict the functionality of the device whilst at school and is therefore not recommended. It is recommended that users switch out of S mode.
Mac OS X:
|7 SPI (32- and 64-bit)
8.x (32- and 64-bit)
10 (32- and 64-bit)
10.11 (El Capitan)
28.x and later
The minimum browser version supported are as listed – the latest versions are the recommendation.
Safari on Mobile Device:
iOS 9, iOS 10
|Input Method||Keyboard & Mouse||Keyboard and Mouse
Touchscreen/keyboard and Mouse
|Battery Life||5 hours||> 6 hours|
(*) The BYOD program will operate exclusively over the School’s wireless network, there will be no access provided over the School’s wired network. The support for the 5GHz frequency band is essential to ensure optimal use of the School’s wireless bandwidth. Network adapters must support 802.11abgn and PEAP authentication. Care should be taken if purchasing a device to ensure that the 802.11a 5GHz frequency is supported.
(**) Solid State Drives add significant performance increases to computers and extend the battery life.
(***) The School’s Virtual Desktop Service is intended to be independent of hardware model or manufacturer. The only requirement is that it be able to install and run the VMWARE HORIZON VIEW client and that it meet the additional minimum requirements outlined above. Please check VMware website for compatibility or contact the school IT department.
Examples of suitable devices for using the BYOD program
- Windows Based Devices – Any Windows device running an Intel i3 or equivalent processor should work as a BYOD device. When considering using an older style laptop careful consideration should be given to the battery life, wireless networking and weight of the device, older larger laptops may successfully meet the minimum specifications for performance but fail the equally important criteria of extended battery life.
- Apple Devices – MacBook Pro, MacBook Air are both suitable as BYO devices, however as mentioned previously iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch are unsuitable as primary devices to be used at school. Once again if considering an older MacBook please confirm that the device meets the minimum battery life requirement.
- VMware Horizon View Client – The school BYOD program makes use of a virtual desktop which is accessed by the VMware Horizon View client on your laptop. The ability to run this client program is an essential requirement of any device which is to be considered, all devices which meet the criteria outlined above will support the VMWare Horizon Client.
Examples of Devices NOT suitable for using on the BYOD program
- iPad, iPhone, iPod and Smartphones – Due to the difficulties in navigating the user interface on devices with small screens or which are incapable of supporting the addition of a mouse, devices such as iPhones, iPods, iPads and Smartphones are not permitted as the primary device to be used at school.
- Android Devices – The large array of android devices available on the market has meant that only limited testing has been performed against a small subset of possible devices. At this stage, we are recommending against selecting an android tablet as a primary device for students at school. As in the case of the Apple iPad the device may be configured and used as a secondary device whilst away from school