Merewether High School

Scientia Ac Labore - Success through knowledge and application.

Telephone02 4969 3855

Emailmerewether-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Device Options

There a range of devices students can bring to school through BYOD:

  • Chromebooks
  • Windows Laptops
  • Windows Surface Pros
  • Android Tablets NOT RECOMMENDED
  • Apple iPads NOT RECOMMENDED
  • Apple Macbooks NOT RECOMMENDED

Note: Android devices with version 3 or lower of the operating system are unable to connect to the DEC wireless due to a lack of proxy support. Also many Android apps currently do not support the DEC proxy.

DEC Wireless Environments

Recommended Device Specifications

Form Factor
  • Laptop, tablet device or convertible device
  • A tablet device must have a physical keyboard attachment with separate keys for A – Z and 0 – 9.
Physical Dimensions
  • Minimum Screen Size: 13.3" or 33.5cm
  • Recommended Screen Size: 14”+ or 35.6cm
Operating Systems
  • Windows 10
  • Apple MacOS X 11 BIG SUR OR NEWER
  • Apple iOS 14 OR NEWER
  • ChromeOS
Wireless Compatibility

CPU > Intel

  • Intel i3 MINIMUM
  • Intel i5 RECOMMENDED
  • Intel i7 FOR PRO APPS

CPU AMD Ryzen

  • 3 MINIMUM
  • 5 RECOMMENDED
  • 7 FOR PRO APPS

RAM

  • 4 gigabytes MINIMUM
  • 8 gigabytes RECOMMENDED

Disk: Solid State Drive SSD REQUIRED

Wifi: 5GHz 802.11n support or newer

Wifi standards 802.11ac and 802.11ax are newer and future proofed - they may be advertised as "Dual Band Wireless", "802.11abgn", "802.11agn", "802.11ac" or "802.11ax".

Note: Devices marketed "802.11bgn" probably do not support required standards.

Battery Life
  • advertised battery life of six hours or more
Weight
  • maximum weight 2kg
Insurance
  • accidental loss and breakage insurance may be something to consider purchasing
Store Accounts
  • While teachers are excellent at finding free apps that students can use on their mobile devices it is important to remember that the minimum age for using the App Store or Google Play Store is 13, so please have parents update update devices for children under 13.
Antivirus
  • Be aware that the NSW DEC BYOD Policy requires users to have a current antivirus system on their device to protect user data and DEC infrastructure. For Windows 10 devices the inbuilt and included Windows Defender is sufficient.