Bringing your own device

A laptop is recommended for all Riveria students as a study tool. Students subject to compulsory education are given a computer for their own personal use at the beginning of their studies. Other students must purchase a computer at their own expense.

This BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) guide compiles the essential issues and practices to consider when using your own devices for studyMost of the instructions are also suitable for using mobile and other digital devices.

What are the benefits of the BYOD model?

  • The student’s learning experience is more pleasant and personal with always the same familiar device in use.
  • Distance and hybrid learning, independent of time and place, becomes significantly easier.
  • Own equipment is probably taken better care of than the educational institution’s equipment.
  • The digital readiness of both the users and the organization develop – basic management of digital devices and software is an important part of professional competence.
  • Cost efficiency increases.


Things to consider  in general

The non-compulsory students acquire the device independently and at their own expense. The technical features of the compulsory education laptop described below are a good recommendation also for the purchase of other laptops. The majority of the study is planned and implemented in such a way that it can be done with the recommended device. In some fields software that is not reasonably available for BYOD machines may be required, and in such cases the teaching is organized on campuses using the educational institution’s equipment. Also in acute situations where the student does not have his own device available, the educational institution’s device can be used. However, as a rule, they are not borrowed for student use at home or otherwise for a longer period of time. 

It is good to have a laptop at the beginning of your studies. Mobile devices are also useful in many ways during your studies, for example in searching for information and reporting in image or video format, but they are not enough for all data processing during your studies.   

All Riveria campuses have a high-quality and secure Wlan network (Riveria-byod) intended for your own devices. You log in to this network with your personal Riveria network credentials. When using the Wlan network, you must follow the rules for using Riveria’s information network and information systems (translated by Google). Wlan traffic passes through the protections and monitoring of the Riveria firewall. Network applications and services may be restricted due to data security and network load. 

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Support the use of devices from eduHelppari

eduHelppari is a service offered by Riveria Information and Communication Technology students. The service helps Riveria students with information technology questions. Typical services provided by eduHelppari include, for example, advice on the use of compulsory students computers and warranty issues, guidance related to usernames and passwords, and support for the Riveria software. EduHelppari strives to offer support in the use of students own devices as well, but service or maintenance activities must be arranged otherwise, e.g. from commercial operators.


Recommendations for purchasing your own study computer

In Riveria the Windows environment is mainly used, so the recommended operating system is Windows 10 or 11. If you wish, you can also use other operating systems (e.g. macOS, Linux, Chrome OS), but compatibility problems are possible and the support offered is more limited. The computer must have a Wlan network card in order to connect the computer to the Riveria network. In all learning environments, it is not possible to guarantee sufficient charging possibilities for several devices at the same time, so you should pay attention to the battery capacity when purchasing a device. For distance learning, the computer must have a camera, microphone and headphones/speakers or the possibility to connect these externally.

For most situations, a basic laptop is enough for studying. Below is an example of the configuration of Riveria’s mandatory laptop. Depending on the field of study, there may also be a need to acquire a more efficient device, so it is good to discuss the matter with a coaching teacher if necessary.

Computer to be distributed to compulsory education students 2023
Device model HP ProBook 445 G9
Processor Ryzen3 5425U
Display 14 FullHD AG UWVA 250 HD NarrowBezel Bent
Memory 8GB DDR4 3200
Mass memory (hard disk) 256GB PCIe NVMe Value
Operating system Win 11 Pro Education (LOE)
Device warranty HP 2 year Pickup and Return Notebook Support, from 1 August 2023


Responsibility in problem situations

The student is responsible for his own devices and their security. Devices must be used in Riveria’s networks and services in accordance with data protection considerations and information security guidelines. Riveria is responsible for the security of the networks and services it offers.

In the case of equipment breakage or loss, the responsibility rests with the owner of the equipment. Primarily, compensation should be sought from the device’s warranty or the owner’s home insurance.



Rules for using Riveria’s information network and information systems (Translated by Google)
Computers for compulsory education (in Finnish)


More information and update of the instructions:
IT Manager Mikko Alitupa,
Digital Services Specialist Ilkka Eronen,

Guide created at 31.8.2023