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BYOx - Hardware and Software Minimum Specifications


​Wavell SHS recommends that any BYOx device meets the following minimum specifications to enable suitability for curriculum based activities. (Note: These minimum specifications will be reviewed annually to ensure curriculum requirements continue to be met.)

The minimum specifications provided reflect the specifications of devices that are used at Wavell SHS, so as to ensure comparability. Wavell IT Services technicians will attempt to enable connectivity of devices which meet the minimum specifications, and also assuming there are no technical or other issues outside of their control.

Note: An attempt may be made to connect other devices which may be deemed suitable for curriculum purposes, but parents and students should be aware that connectivity may not always be possible.


• Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10; Mac OS X (Yosemite 10.10.4, El Capitan).

(Please Note: Currently, not every Mac operating system will successfully on-board with the CISCO switch used to enable connection to the Wavell BYOx Program. Yosemite 10.10.4 and El Capitan will work. Education Queensland's BYOx team and Bridgepoint are currently investigating and trialling a technical solution which will enable other Mac operating systems to on-board. We expect a resolution to this issue very soon and will notify our Wavell community when this occurs.)

• Screen Size: Laptops and Tablets – 11.6 inch or greater (with resolution of 1366 x 788).

• Battery Life: Device must be able to last for a duration of at least 7 hours of continuous activity.

• For Windows devices, Intel Core I3 Processor (Preferred to a Pentium chip.)

• 4Gb RAM

• 320 Gb Hard drive or 128Gb flash storage

• At least 2 USB ports

• 802.11 n Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible

• Integrated speakers and microphone with headphone ports

• Integrated webcam

• Keyboard (device MUST have a keyboard attached)

• 1 x integrated pointing device

• 3 year warranty (recommended)

• Hard or protective shell laptop case to suit model or device (highly recommended)


Software as outlined below must be provided by parents for BYOx devices:

• Compatible anti-virus software. (From testing performed, AVG or AVAST has been identified as having no issues when on-boarding a device.)

• PDF Reader

• Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free from The Learning Place (Refer notes contained in Microsoft Office 2013 Installation Instructions.)

Please Note: 3G/4G enabled devices will not be permitted to be used at school as the internet provided by their use is unfiltered and is not permitted by Education Queensland.