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Purchasing a BYOx device

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Forest Lake State High School deploys a BYOxLink platform that allows students to connect personal electronic devices to the schools network. 

It is recommended that students in all year levels utilise this platform. A device is compulsory for students in our Lighthouse program, for year 10 technical subjects (Graphics, Media, Information Technology, Business), and all year 11 & 12 students. All other students should use a BYOx device where possible.

Please note that 5.0Ghz wireless capability is a must to connect to our school network. Forest Lake State High School does not support 2.4Ghz wireless devices.

Please also be aware that Windows RT and Chrome OS Devices are not supported at this time, and will not connect to our network.

Windows 10.1607+, iOS 11+, MacOS 10.12+ operating systems are compatible with the BYOxLink service offering. 

Chromebooks are not compatible with the BYOxLink service offering.

Due to the nature of the Android operating system, only some Android devices are able to be connected to the school network. Please visit the helpdesk in the CRC during opening hours (before school and lunch one) so that the IT Technicians can investigate the individual device and provide more information.

Recommended Minimum Specifications

Non-technical Subjects

  • Intel Core i3/Dual Core Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 4Gb RAM
  • 120Gb Hard Drive (note: we recommend a 240Gb or higher Solid State Drives for increased durability and speed)
  • 12" – 14" display
  • USB 3.0
  • 5.0 GHz Wireless
  • Virus Protection (laptop won't connect to our network if it fails a virus software check)

Price Range: $470 - $800

Technical Subjects (APEX, Graphics, Media, Digital Technologies)

  • Intel Core i5
  • 1Gb Dedicated Graphics
  • 8Gb RAM
  • 240Gb Hard Drive (note: we recommend Solid State Drives for increased durability and speed)
  • 14" display - FHD
  • USB 3.0
  • 5.0 GHz Wireless
  • Virus Protection (laptop won't connect to our network if it fails a virus software check)

Price Range: $750 - $1200

Senior Technical Subjects (Graphics, Media and Digital Technologies)

  • Intel Chip i5/i7 - 2.3GHz
  • 2Gb Dedicated Graphics
  • 8Gb RAM
  • 240Gb SSD
  • 14" display - FHD
  • USB 3.0
  • 5.0 GHz Wireless
  • Virus Protection (laptop won't connect to our network if it fails a virus software check)

Price Range: $1200 - $1600

Apple Mac Devices (MacBook Air & MacBook Pro)

Apple devices are not recommended as our school is a PC Environment.

These are excellent devices for the Media subject, however please be mindful that some programs will not run in a Mac OS environment. An installation of Bootcamp or VMware Fusion which runs a Windows environment on the computer would be required for some software applications. You will also require windows licensing. If you are choosing Graphics as a subject, we strongly recommend not purchasing a Mac Device.

Software that will not work in a Mac Environment and requires a Windows based system:
  - MinecraftEDU (Year 7 - 9)
  - All Autodesk products: AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360, Revit, Tinkercad (8 - 12)
  - Some digital downloads (specific file types) will not be recognised.

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Last reviewed 05 February 2021
Last updated 05 February 2021