Explosion of Wireless Devices Strains Campus Networks – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A few weeks into the fall semester, Bruce Maas, chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, received an e-mail from his chancellor: A junior living in campus housing was frustrated with the wireless network, which he said often left him unable to connect to the Internet. Mr. Maas, who describes the university’s wireless capacity as “very robust,” asked his networking staff to investigate.

“Like many students, he had brought in his own wireless router, which connected many different personal wireless devices,” Mr. Maas says. “The wireless router was conflicting with other wireless routers that other students had brought in, and they were all conflicting with our wireless network.”

via Explosion of Wireless Devices Strains Campus Networks – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Good article. I don’t know why some of these cranky old profs can’t wrap their minds around this. It’s just change. God, bad, or indifferent, I’m not rendering an opinion, but the world is shifting. Think about how you interact electronically now vs. five or 10 years ago. Completely different world.

 

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