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2015 saw the introduction of Merici’s laptop (BYOD) program where all students are required to have a laptop of their choice for school.  Students can choose to bring either a Mac laptop or a Windows laptop which can be purchased through a school vendor or from a retail outlet. It is envisaged that “Home supported BYOD” and “School Supported BYOD” will continue.

The "BYOD Frequently Asked Questions" page answers the most common queries about the BYOD program. You can also direct enquiries to byod@merici.act.edu.au

Home Supported BYOD

Families that are confident selecting, supporting and servicing a laptop are free to choose any laptop available in the market today as long as it meets the schools minimum specifications and is a Mac or Windows PC.

The key standard is that the device MUST support 5Ghz 11an or 11ac wireless, typically called dual band or 5Ghz wireless.

If the laptop does not have 11a wireless it will not be able to connect to the Merici wireless network. Most business-class laptops will support the standard, however this is not guaranteed so please be sure to check this before committing to purchase a laptop. Unfortunately many (if not most) cheaper home-class laptops don't support the latest 11a wifi, even the latest models. In this case, you can purchase a USB dongle that supports 11a wireless online or from retailers such as JB-HiFi, however it is recommended to have the latest wifi capability built-in. A full list of minimum specifications can be viewed on the BYOD Specifications page.

Your daughter can still bring the laptop to the IT Service Centre but we will only be able to provide basic support for our core online services such as OneDrive for business, Moodle and Office 365. We will make recommendations to your daughter about possible courses of action but you will be responsible for any repairs as well as making alternative arrangements for access to a temporay device which you will have to supply.

School Supported BYOD

BYOD Flowchart (click for larger image)

For families that are daunted by the choice BYOD offers and the technical specifications the school requires, Merici College together with Mac1 and LWT (Learning With Technologies) have put together serviced packages for you.

All laptops come with extended 3-year manufacturer warranties (battery warranties may vary) and access to extended troubleshooting, diagnosis, helpdesk tracking and support at the Merici IT Service Centre. The IT Service Centre will receive, prepare and issue the laptop to your daughter so she can be up and running at school when it arrives.

Many of these services cannot be extended to regular consumer devices due to the large range of models, configurations, build qualities and warranty arrangements.

To ensure that your daughter's school-supported laptop is ready to use at the start of the school year, please put in your order by
November 20.

Some of the additional services we provide for these laptops are:

  • Management of initial software loadout
  • Pre-configuration of some programs and settings
  • Operating system repair and re-imaging when problems occur
  • Full level 1 and level 2 technical support for hardware and software
  • Repair tracking for both on and off-site repairs
  • Job history is recorded in our helpdesk
  • Hot-swap laptops are available for extended repair times (if available)

Mac1 have also extended their services for Apple MacBooks to Merici College and will provide local servicing for warranty repairs including weekend drop-in options at the Mac1 store near the ANU campus.

Acer and HP laptops come with accidental damage protection for a small excess and gives you piece of mind with full on-site servicing at the College that includes replacement for broken LCDs or other key components not normally covered under standard warranty.

Please be aware that the college is not reselling or leasing these laptops to you, nor purchasing these laptops on your behalf. You are purchasing the laptop direct from a third-party vendor. While we are offering a considerable array of services for these laptops, you may be directed by our staff to contact the vendor to resolve rare issues that we cannot handle such as insurance claims.

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