BYOD Info: Students

BYOD

We're pleased to announce that all students at Hunterdon Central have the option to join the guest network and bring their personally-owned devices to the high school. We're calling this BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please read through this page and take a look at the resources, to help you understand what this all means. Hunterdon Central will continue to make classroom computer devices available.

WHY MY DEVICE?

  • You're more comfortable on your device. It has all your applications installed and all your files right there. You also get to use a device that you prefer.
  • eBooks. They're lighter than textbooks. You can take notes in them - and you'll never forget them at home.
  • Even when you're not at Central, you'll be able to access all of your usual network resources 24/7. You can even sign up for the late bus while brushing your teeth at home!
  • When you have the internet at your finger tips, you'll be a more engaged learner. Your teacher will bring up a topic, and you can have facts ready by the time they're done with the intro!
  • Do you have a study hall or some free time during Unit Lunch? If you bring your own computer, you can surf the web from wherever you choose to eat your lunch.
  • All Microsoft Windows PCs and Macintosh computers are required to have a policy key installed to operate on the HC wireless network. Then, it's just like connecting from a coffee shop.
  • If you want to use a District "virtual desktop," you will have to download and install VMWare (select the VMWare Installation & Use Guide link on this webpage.)

SO YOU WANT ACCESS?

This all sounds great and you want access, right? It's a quick, easy process, if you prepare yourself ahead of time. Here's what you have to do:

  1. Make sure you have antivirus software installed, activated and up to date. Check out the A Quick Note if you have any questions about this process.
  2. Once on campus, browse for open wireless networks and connect to "HCW-Guest."
  3. Open up a web browser and connect to an internet website.
  4. Login with your school username and password.
  5. Microsoft Windows PCs and Macintosh computer users are required to have a policy key installed to operate on the HC network. Our SafeConnect appliance will prompt you to download and install the agent. Click the "Yes, I will install the SafeConnect Policy Key Client and accept the terms and conditions for Internet Use" hyperlink. Click "Run" and select "Yes." This is a one-time install.

A QUICK NOTE

Before you attempt to connect to the District wireless network, make sure you have antivirus/security protection installed. It's imperative that all computers are adequately covered, so that no viruses or security threats are transmitted across our network. Regardless of whether you have a Mac, Windows, or Linux-based computer, viruses are a real threat to everyone, and our SafeConnect appliance will verify that your computer device is adequately protected and meets current HC security standards. Often times, anti-virus software comes packaged with your Internet Service Provider. They will be able to provide you with a link to download their licensed copy. If you'd prefer to purchase your own, feel free. As an alternative, there are many robust, free anti-virus software packages available for download. Please see the Resources list on this webpage links to them.

FAQ

RESOURCES

We want to make sure you're set up right. Take a look at the links below, if you want to install recommended software on your machine.

*Don't download or install any software without your parents' permission. Research each application prior to installing. Hunterdon Central does not provide warranties on any software distributions.