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2. Hardware requirements

​Device Selection

To enable connection to our network, it is important that the device meets the minimum specifications (left column) outlined below. This will ensure the device is able to connect to the school network, printing systems, and suitability for class activities. 
 
If financial circumstances allow, the recommended specifications (right column) will benefit students greater through increased speed and capabilities. This will lead to less frustration from students!
 
 
Minimum Specifications (Good)
Recommended Specifications (Better)
Platform
Windows PC
Screen Size
11”-14” display – consider portability and weight
12”-14” display – consider portability and weight
Processor
Intel Core i3/Dual Core processor
Intel Core i5/Quad Core processor or higher
RAM
4 GB
8 GB or higher
Hard Drive
128 GB Solid State Hard Drive (note: we recommend a solid state hard drive (SSD) for reliability, durability and speed)
Older style Hard Drives are not as reliable, however, if this is your only option, min 250 GB would be best.
256 GB Solid State Hard Drive (note: we recommend a solid state hard drive (SSD) for reliability, durability and speed)
 
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 or 10
Note: The version of Windows called “Windows 10S” is not compatible with our network.
NOT Supported: iOS, Android, Windows RT, Chromebook and distributions of Linux
Wireless
Wi-Fi 802.11ac/n or better (Wireless Network 5Ghz). The term “Dual Band” covers this.
If “Single Band” make sure it’s the Wireless Network 5Ghz radio band.
The above specs are a ‘must have’ otherwise the device will not connect to our network.
Battery
Sufficient to last 6+ hours on balance power mode
Features
USB ports, headphone port, in-built microphone, webcam
 

Where do I purchase a device?

As a starting point, links to a number of vendor website portals/online stores are available below. Parents/guardians can purchase a device through these portals or take the minimum specifications to a local computer supplier.

DELL

Online portal - https://datashop-qld.datacom.com.au/flagstonescc​

Username - flagstone

Password - parent

Contact DellBYOD@datacom.com.au or 1300 662 087 for support.​

JB-HiFi

Online portal - https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/​

Site code - FSCCBYOD2020​

If you have any questions, please contact JB Hi-Fi via https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/ or call 1300 730 548

HP

Online portal - www.hpshopping.com.au/flagstone​

Discount Code - flagstone5%

If you have any questions, please contact HP Store via support@hpadmin.zendesk.com​ or call 13 23 47 (option 2)  

In regards to laptops…

 
Students will like:
  • light weight
  • wireless mouse
  • headphones
 

Parents will like:

  • Protective hard case to reduce the instance of a broken screen (don’t be tempted to buy a soft laptop sleeve).
  • Onsite warranty (next business day is recommended – having to send a PC away for a couple of weeks for a warranty repair can be frustrating).
  • Accidental damage protection / insurance – may be offered at time of purchase.
  • Back-up storage device (USB or External Hard Drive) to back up files on the laptop.

Purchasing considerations 

It is recommended that parents/caregivers contact a range of computer vendors and consider the ‘total cost of ownership’ including warranty, technical support arrangements and hardware components which will contribute to the life of the laptop. The cheapest laptop to buy is generally not the best option in the long run. 

Note for Apple Mac computers

Apple Mac Computers are NOT the best purcha​sing choice for our BYOD program as sometimes they do not play nicely with our network and our technicians do not have the background knowledge to support them. The majority of our teachers also only use Windows machines and therefore, their problem solving capability with a Mac device will be limited. However, if you have recently purchased a MacBook and the student is a competent Mac user – we’ll do our best to connect the device to our Microsoft Network.

What if I can't afford a laptop? 

A limited number of laptops are available for daily borrowing (9am-3pm) from ST13 for families experiencing financial hardship. Please see the Flagstone State Community College BYOD Equity Policy for more details.