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Hi all, Does anyone have any experience with faculty/staff using "cellular hotspot" products like Verizon's Jetpak MiFi on campus? Specifically I'm wondering if anyone has dealt with policy concerns, security risks, or RFI as a result of using these products. The model we have been asked about (rhymes with WiFi) provides 802.11a/b/g/n and allows up to 10 users. I'm curious about any impact on our existing wireless deployment and policies should these devices become more abundant. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. Mike *********************************************************** Michael Dickson 413.545.9639 Network Analyst Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst *********************************************************** ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Hi Mike, I would strongly advice against the use of these on a large scale since these hotspots can really damage the RF-environment. Of-course you can't stop them but I foresee that the RF-utilization might go through the roof if you allow a lot of people to use such devices. Effective use of the limited spectrum resources is becoming more important every day. Cheers Anders Nilsson Umeå university SUNET Sweden -----Ursprungligt meddelande----- Från: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] För Michael Dickson Skickat: den 16 oktober 2013 16:44 Till: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Ämne: [WIRELESS-LAN] cellular "pocket hotspot" devices use on campus Hi all, Does anyone have any experience with faculty/staff using "cellular hotspot" products like Verizon's Jetpak MiFi on campus? Specifically I'm wondering if anyone has dealt with policy concerns, security risks, or RFI as a result of using these products. The model we have been asked about (rhymes with WiFi) provides 802.11a/b/g/n and allows up to 10 users. I'm curious about any impact on our existing wireless deployment and policies should these devices become more abundant. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. Mike *********************************************************** Michael Dickson 413.545.9639 Network Analyst Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst *********************************************************** ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
The main drawbacks of MiFi's is that they interfere with your own wireless environment and with one another. Regarding security, I have not found a MiFi that supports WPA2-enterprise (which is necessary for eduroam) such that every user has to configure a separate account to make it secure. Sharing a UMTS (1 Mbit/ up and 3 Mbit/s down) connection with 10 users may give the users the feeling that they 'breathe through a reed'. -Frans On Wed Oct 16 16:44:15 2013, Michael Dickson wrote: > Hi all, > > Does anyone have any experience with faculty/staff using "cellular hotspot" products like Verizon's Jetpak MiFi on campus? Specifically I'm wondering if anyone has dealt with policy concerns, security risks, or RFI as a result of using these products. The model we have been asked about (rhymes with WiFi) provides 802.11a/b/g/n and allows up to 10 users. I'm curious about any impact on our existing wireless deployment and policies should these devices become more abundant. > > Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. > > Mike > > *********************************************************** > Michael Dickson 413.545.9639 > Network Analyst Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst > *********************************************************** > > ********** > Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Just say "Hell no". Lee H. Badman Network Architect/Wireless TME ITS, Syracuse University 315.443.3003 ________________________________________
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