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BYOD from a network analyst view - wireless in residence halls
The situation at Central Washington that Carmen relates is likely not that uncommon. We had a similar situation at RPI, and although it may sound non-responsive, our solution was to increase our commitment to wireless in the residence halls, by increasing coverage, increasing capacity, and improving the quality of the service, perhaps imperfectly in some circumstances. The issues of cost and wireless "unfriendly" buildings were one we faced as well, but we did not see another way to meet all our requirements and objectives. Having done that, we changed our policy, after meeting with some student groups to socialize the policy and get feedback, so that "students are no longer allowed to run their own wireless routers or access points." This policy, which can be found at http://helpdesk.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=544, takes effect when the fall semester starts in a little more than 2 weeks. Gary Schwartz Director Communications & Middleware Technologies RPI ------------------------ From: Carmen Rahm [RahmC@CWU.EDU] Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 5:51 PM Subject: Re: BYOD from a network analyst view All: I haven't had time to closely follow this thread ... but it is of huge interest. I'm not as concerned about BYOD with faculty staff (I think we're OK there) ... but student BYOD is a huge issue, as most of our older Residence Halls do not have wireless (just wired access), and our Housing Dept. does not want to spring for the bill to install wireless until Halls get updated ... so at one Residence Hall a biennium, by 2040 we should be there. How are others addressing the plethora of wireless only devices in Residence Halls that do not have wireless? 1) Tough luck! Go somewhere on campus where there is wireless or move to a newer Hall that has it (this'll get me tarred and feathered). 2) Use your cellular/mobile service only, when in the Residence Halls (that's not popular). I've had parents tell me ... "Are you going to pay my son's mobile bill if he can't get on wireless with his iPad"? 3) Forcing Housing to install wireless in all Residential Halls (I do not have that much clout). Our older halls are concrete and brick. It's difficult and expensive to install. 4) Installing Micro-WAPs in individual rooms. 5) Allowing students to install their own Wireless Routers in their rooms (something we currently do not "officially" endorse, but I've told students to do if there's no alternative). Any other recommendations? Carmen A. Rahm Asst. VP for Info. Technology Central Washington University 400 East University Way Ellensburg, WA 98926 Direct Phone: (509) 963-2925 Mobile Phone: (360) 271-2992 ITS Office Phone: (509) 963-2333 ITS Homepage: www.cwu.edu/~its ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.