Bring Your Own Device / Bring Jou Eie Toestel
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an innovative technology where Tygerberg Campus allows students and staff to use their personal mobile devices on the GERGA wireless network to access the university network and services such as SUNLearn and podcasts.
The Tygerberg Campus Bring Your Own Device system
Since March 2014 the cutting-edge technology of BYOD, has been used by Tygerberg Campus to allow students and staff to use their Apple devices on the GERGA wireless network to access the university network and services such as SUNLearn and podcasts.
BYOD - Bring Your Own Device
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an innovative technology where Tygerberg Campus allows students and staff to use their Android devices on the GERGA wireless network to access the university network and services such as SUNLearn and podcasts..
BYOD is Device Agnostic...
BYOD/VDI is device-agnostic application that is compatible with most modern-day operating systems and can work on different types of devices, including laptops and tablets without requiring any special adaptions.
BYOD is Secure...
BYOD/VDI is more secure than a physical device since no data is stored locally but within the virtual environment. Virtual Desktops can be locked down by disabling unneeded services such as access to removable storage.
BYOD gives Full Access to GERGA services...
No matter if you are sitting in GERGA, outside the library or in your hostel room, you will have full access to all the GERGA services (including Safecom printing) while using the BYOD/VDI technology.
What is BYOD all about?
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an innovative technology where Tygerberg Campus allows students and staff to use their personal mobile devices on the GERGA wireless network using VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)
Currently some of laptops makes that are being used on Tygerberg Campus’ BYOD system:
Currently the following Apple devices are being used on our BYOD system:
- PowerBook G4
- Macbook Pro 13-inch
- Macbook Pro 15-inch
- MacBook Air 11-inch
- MacBook Air 13-inch
- iPad 3
- iPad 4
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Mini 3
Currently the following Android tablet makes are being used on our BYOD system:
- Acer Iconia
- Amazon Kindle
- Asus eeePad
- Asus Transformer
- Lenovo IdeaPad
- Lenovo ThinkPad
- Mecer 10.1
- Google Nexus
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Sony Xperia
- Toshiba Excite
Devices Registered - 2017
Number of BYOD Exams - 2017
Average logins per day
BYOD Exam Sessions for 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use an Apple iPad with BYOD?
Yes, you are free to use any Apple iPad or MacBook with our BYOD system. There is a minimum standard and screen size for BYOD on our Tutorial Page please ensure your Apple device complies to these standards.
How much will this cost me?
There is no additional cost to you. The WiFi and the Virtual Desktop clients are currently provided free of charge.
What is a Virtual Desktop?
A virtual desktop means that a normal user’s desktop environment (the icons, wallpaper, windows, folders, toolbars, widgets, etc.) are stored remotely on a server, rather than on a local PC like GERGA’s computers. Desktop virtualization software separates the desktop operating systems, applications and data from the hardware client, storing this “virtual desktop” on a remote server that simulates the user’s desktop environment and capabilities. In a virtual desktop environment, users access their personal desktop remotely, over the network, from any client device.
What if my laptop is registered on the MatiesWiFi network? Will I be able to use both networks?
Yes, you can use both networks. However if you want to connect to the GERGA virtual environment, you cannot currently access it from the MatiesWiFi network, but only via the GERGABYOD network.
How do I connect to the BYOD system?
There is already 4 tutorials on Youtube that will help you to set up your device. If you are a little unsure about doing things yourself, bring your device to the GERGA office during office hours and we will help you to set it up.