FPU Wireless Access

Policies for FPU wireless network usage

FPU wireless LAN connection instructions

Wireless signal standards:

802.11a - IEEE 802.11a provides 54 Mbps of shared bandwidth per access point using the 5.8 GHz radio frequency.
802.11b - IEEE 802.11b provides 11 Mbps of shared bandwidth per access point using the 2.4 GHz radio frequency.
802.11g - IEEE 802.11g provides 54 Mbps of shared bandwidth per access point using the 2.4 GHz radio frequency.

Campus Wireless Services

Each wireless access point (A.P.) has been strategically placed to achieve efficient and effective coverage. Most A.P.s have been installed in classrooms or conference rooms for the purpose of enriching the educational experience. Wireless coverage in buildings across campus is expanding as infrastructure funding becomes available to provide the wiring, equipment, power and support requirements of wireless. The goal of IT services department is to provide and consistently upgrade a seamless and integrated campus wireless network in all public areas. Public areas include, but are not limited to, areas such as general-purpose classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms and outdoor areas.

User Provided Wireless Equipment

The use of personal or departmental provided wireless equipment is strictly prohibited on the campus and at off-campus sites. Wireless Ethernet cards are available from the IT services Helpdesk office on a "per-need" basis. All access points are provided by the university through the IT services department and are maintained by the network administrator and assistant network administrator. Management software is in place on our network "sniffing" for unauthorized, or rogue, access points. Any discovery of rogue A.P.s will result in the device being remotely turned off and disallowed from the university's network.

Guidelines for Frequency Use

The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by 802.11b and 802.11g is an unlicensed shared spectrum band. Consequently, products using the same frequency cause network interference at times. Microwave ovens and cordless telephones are prominent examples. In addition, there are only three non-overlapping channels in the 802.11b and 802.11g specification. The network administrators will manage the shared use of the 2.4 GHz radio frequency for the campus community and have campus authority to resolve interference issues.

Security

Security for wireless networks is evolving. The network administrators will be responsible for establishing a security policy for wireless communication based on current best practices. All wireless network installations comply with established security policies including campus-wide IP addressing and DHCP services, as well as pertinent login information.