Connecting Devices to the University Network and Wireless Networking Equipment
Oct. 9, 2001
Over the past year, wireless networking equipment has greatly increased in popularity and decreased in price. By far the most common wireless networking standard is IEEE 802.11b (also known as ``WiFi''), and many vendors are now offering network interface cards that are compatible with this standard. This is the technology that TCCS has chosen for its wireless networking pilot, which began during the spring 2001 Semester and continues this Fall.
In addition to network interface cards (NICs), many vendors are also selling wireless devices known as Access Points, or Base Stations, that allow users with 802.11b NICs to connect to conventional wired networks. By the nature of their design, ALL ``Access Points/Base Stations'' are either bridges or routers, and as such belong to the class of devices that users are restricted from connecting to the Tufts network.
Wireless networking brings with it a host of complications and TCCS is working to develop an infrastructure that will allow us to bring full-featured, reliable wireless connectivity to the Tufts community while restricting the use of the university's resources to those who are authorized to do so. Because the security concerns arising from individual deployments of wireless networks pose a potentially serious liability for Tufts University, TCCS must insist that all wireless networking deployment be coordinated centrally.
TCCS will, at its discretion, disconnect any unauthorized Access Point/Base Station that it discovers on the Tufts network, and may seek disciplinary action against the device's owner/operator pursuant to the rules laid forth in the.
For registration information, procedure clarifications, or any other questions on this document, please contact Doug Herrick in TCCS at 74683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.