Bring your own device (BYOD)

Depending on your programme, you may find that you need your own laptop that meets our BYOD guidelines. In many cases, you may find you already own a laptop that is suitable.

If you need to purchase a new laptop

If you do not currently own a laptop or are thinking of buying a new one, we recommend you purchase one with the following specifications, or better, to future proof your needs and ensure a great experience.

  • Windows 10 (or Mac OS 10.x Yosemite or higher)
  • i3 dual-core or equivalent processor (i5 or equivalent if you are an IT student)
  • 4GB RAM (at least 8GB for IT programmes)
  • 320GB or greater hard drive
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band
  • At least a 13-inch screen
  • Up-to-date antivirus software

If you currently own a laptop

Be sure that it has these minimum specs or above. The minimum specs are:

  • A 10-inch screen or larger
  • 4GB RAM (at least 8GB for IT programmes)
  • 50GB free space minimum
  • Windows v7.0 or higher (XP will not work)
  • Apple Mac 10.6 (Leopard) or higher
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band
  • CPU meets vendor OS minimum requirements (Please note for IT students CPU must be i5 or equivalent).

If you need to purchase a new laptop, there are a number of ways to finance it. You may be able to use the Studylink annual course materials allowance to purchase a device if you have an approved student loan.

A number of retailers including PB Technologies and Noel Leeming offer special deals, discounts and financing options.

MIT Manukau programme specific software

Most prescribed software required for your programme of study will be channelled via the BYOD portal called Citrix. This means you don’t have to purchase and install them onto your device provided you have access to the internet.

While on-site, you will connect to MIT’s wifi network. Once off-site, you will need to access your home network in order to access Citrix. Please note, however, some software used in the specialist labs i.e. networking and multi-media labs are not available on Citrix. These applications are only available on the specialist lab computers.

How to access the BYOD computer environment

Using your own device on campus is simple - just follow these steps:

  1. Power up your device and ensure you are connected to the internet
  2. Download and install the Citrix Receiver (if you have not previously installed it) from
  3. Open your favourite internet browser and navigate to our BYOD portal
  4. Enter your Manukau Institute of Technology username and password and click the log on button
  5. Select the MIT desktop from the desktops tab.

For further information and technical guides please visit the Tech services website.