Wireless Network Setup Issues and Standards
In this article we explain the wireless network standards and guidelines. These apply to all wireless networks at the University. Development of the Wireless Network Standard Wireless networking equipment can be obtained that supports varying levels of industry communication standards. At present, the IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac standard is widely accepted throughout the and provides the mandatory balance of range, network throughput, and support for device mobility to effectively serve most needs of the University community. As newer standards emerge, such as for example IEEE 802.11enhancements, they'll be evaluated and deployed should they give security and throughput improvements over 802.11b/g/n/ac. It's the University's goal to offer and maintain stable and reliable services for the main benefit of the University community in the absolute most cost-effective manner for the institution. EITS will continue to judge available wireless network industry standards and equipment to guarantee the University meets this goal. Definitions Wireless Access Point A wireless communications hardware device that produces a central point of wireless connectivity. A wireless access point behaves much such as for instance a "hub" in that the total bandwidth is shared among all users which is why the device is maintaining an active network connection. Wireless Port A network port that has been installed for the objective of connecting a wireless access indicate the University's wired network. Wireless ports provide both data and power service to the wireless access point. The client software of wireless in built 802.1 supplicant Wireless client software or built-in 802.1x supplicant EITS provides client software client that allows for a computer to make use of 802.1x authentication to the University's wireless networks. Some os's have built-in support for 802.1.
Can be utilized for accessing the University's networks. The University provided client software is going to be p reconfigured to guide the particular setup for paws-secure. Coverage Area the geographical area by which a suitable degree of wireless connection service quality is attainable. Coverage areas for similar devices can differ significantly as a result of presence of building materials, interference, obstructions, and access point placement. Interference Degradation of a wireless communication radio signal due to electromagnetic radiation from another source, including other wireless access points, cellular telephones, microwave ovens, medical and research equipment, and other devices that generate radio signals. Interference can either degrade a wireless transmission or completely eliminate it entirely depending on the strength of the signal generated by the offending device. Privacy The condition that's attained by successfully maintaining the confidentiality of personal, student, employee, and or patient information transmitted over a wireless network. Security is particularly important in wireless networks because data is transmitted using radio signals that, without implementation of specific data encryption mechanisms, can certainly be intercepted. Wireless Network Infrastructure The collection of all wireless access points, antennas, network cabling, power, ports, hardware, and software connected with the deployment of a wireless communication network. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) a security protocol for wireless networks defined within the 802.11b standard. WEP is made to provide the exact same degree of security as that of a wired network. Recent reports indicate that the use of WEP alone is insufficient to ensure privacy unless used along with other mechanisms for data encryption. WPA Short for Wi-Fi Protected Access, a Wi-Fi standard that has been designed to enhance upon the security features of WEP. This technology features improved data encryption through the temporal key integrity protocol (TKIP) and user authentication through the extensible authentication protocol (EAP), PEAP – MSChapV2.