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Message from peter.charbonneau@williams.edu

This year we are seeing a small number of students unplugging APs in areas that they spend significant amounts of time. Music rooms, dorm hallways, art studios, and the like. The APs always look like they are plugged in, but the cabling is unplugged enough that they devices have no power. When one student was "caught" doing this, he stated that he was getting way too much radiation and had medical issues, etc. I don't want to get into THAT aspect of this problem. My real question is do you (any of you) have specific policies about leaving the APs alone? This is not an issue with our network gear, as all of it is in locked telecom rooms PeteC Peter Charbonneau Sr. Network and Systems Administrator Williams College (413) 597-3408 (office) (413) 822-2922 (cell) OIT will NEVER ask for your password! ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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I've had only one issue in 3 years. The AP's connection ran to a wall box with were it plugged into the jack going to the telecom closet. This wall jack was in the living room of the suite and student's decided to plug there router into it instead of plugging into there own port in their room. The real problem was that instead of reporting the wall jack in their room as not functioning they decided to steal the one in the living room. Heath On 12/1/2011 10:08 AM, Peter Charbonneau wrote: > This year we are seeing a small number of students unplugging APs in areas that they spend significant amounts of time. Music rooms, dorm hallways, art studios, and the like. > > The APs always look like they are plugged in, but the cabling is unplugged enough that they devices have no power. > > When one student was "caught" doing this, he stated that he was getting way too much radiation and had medical issues, etc. I don't want to get into THAT aspect of this problem. > > My real question is do you (any of you) have specific policies about leaving the APs alone? > > This is not an issue with our network gear, as all of it is in locked telecom rooms > > > PeteC > > > Peter Charbonneau > Sr. Network and Systems Administrator > Williams College > (413) 597-3408 (office) > (413) 822-2922 (cell) > OIT will NEVER ask for your password! > > ********** > Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. -- Heath Barnhart, CCNA Network Administrator Information Systems Services Washburn University Topeka, KS ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
We never had this happen (yet). We try to keep APs hidden whenever we can. Where they can't be hidden, they are in a lock box so the cable is not exposed. In public areas, I pull the cable out of the box behind the wall and run it to the AP through the ceiling so it would be tricky or at the very least they'd need to stand on a desk or ladder to unplug it. We do not have explicit policies about leaving APs alone. I figure that it would be handled like any other acts of vandalism, but I may be wrong. On 12/1/2011 11:08 AM, Peter Charbonneau wrote: > This year we are seeing a small number of students unplugging APs in areas that they spend significant amounts of time. Music rooms, dorm hallways, art studios, and the like. > > The APs always look like they are plugged in, but the cabling is unplugged enough that they devices have no power. > > When one student was "caught" doing this, he stated that he was getting way too much radiation and had medical issues, etc. I don't want to get into THAT aspect of this problem. > > My real question is do you (any of you) have specific policies about leaving the APs alone? > > This is not an issue with our network gear, as all of it is in locked telecom rooms > > > PeteC > > > Peter Charbonneau > Sr. Network and Systems Administrator > Williams College > (413) 597-3408 (office) > (413) 822-2922 (cell) > OIT will NEVER ask for your password! > > ********** > Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. -- Vlade Ristevski Network Manager IT Services Ramapo College (201)-684-6854 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
We have written policy that would apply in that specific situation. Basically, something to the effect that no one, except ITS, is allowed to "Add, modify, reconfigure, or extend any component of the University network...". We had an issue in the past with a professor that did something similar to what you described. We got his dean involved and he quit doing it right away. Thanks, Hector
Our only case of unplugged APs were certain locations where they APs were in residence hall rooms. "The blinking lights were bothering me." We have Aruba APs, and fortunately there is a configurable option to disable the LEDs :) Jeff ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Message from daniel.eklund@wayne.edu

We had this problem and used RJ45 locks. After installing the locks we only had one incident where a student yanked the cable hard enough to break the AP http://cableorganizer.com/panduit/rj45-plug-lock-in-device/ We don't have any policies, but if we had caught the person who damaged the AP I am sure we could have put a hold on his/her records for repayment. -- Daniel Eklund Director, Network Engineering and Security 313.577.5558
We don't have a policy that deals specifically with APs, but our IT Resources policy speaks to knowingly tampering/modifying/etc. any network equipment or other IT resource. -- ================================== OIT will never ask for your user name and password. ================================== Cal Coursey Associate Chief Information Officer IT Systems and Infrastructure Washington College 300 Washington Avenue Chestertown, MD 21620 Phone: 410-778-7894 Fax: 410-778-7830 email: ccoursey2@washcoll.edu web: http://oit.washcoll.edu/is.php ==================================