Guidelines for Wireless Access Points and Wireless Routers
Hartwick College's Network Services is responsible for providing a secure and reliable campus data network. This is accomplished by using campus-wide network standards and policies. As the momentum of wireless access to networked resources grows, we are aware that some students, faculty, and staff have purchased wireless access points (WAPs) or wireless routers for their residence hall room or office. While wireless is a convenient way to access the network and browse the web, it is not suitable for all applications.
Users of wireless networks are cautioned that wireless networking is not as fast, reliable, or secure as a direct connection to the campus network with your data cable. Using wireless networking to access Datatel is a violation of College policy.
The following guidelines apply to students, faculty, and staff who install Wireless Access Points (WAPs) or wireless routers on Hartwick's network
- All computers accessing the network via WAPs or wireless routers must also comply with existing College policies regarding anti-virus and anti-spyware software and use of the network per Hartwick's Technology Use Policies.
- Using wireless networking to access Datatel (terminal session) without authorization from Institutional Information Systems Services is a violation of College policies.
- Deployment and management of WAPs and wireless routers in common areas of the campus is the responsibility of Technology Services. Such locations include, but are not limited to: Classrooms, lecture halls, labs, auditoriums, public access areas, general conference room areas, cafes, lounges, dining hall, and any indoor or outdoor spaces where people meet, gather, or study.
- WAPs, wireless routers, and the computers that use them must be registered by MAC address with Technology Services. Technology Services will assist you in configuring your WAP or wireless router so that only your registered computer(s) can access the network via your wireless equipment. Technology Services is located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall or can be reached by dialing x4357.
- Users of wireless networking should consider all unencrypted communications over the wireless network as unsecured and available for others to see.
- Interference or disruption of other authorized communications or unauthorized interception of other traffic is a violation of College policy.
- WAPs and wireless routers must be labeled as approved by a governing U.S. regulatory agency, such as the FCC.
If you have any questions about these guidelines or the applicability of wireless networking in your area, please contact the Technology Resource Center at extension 4357.