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Wireless Networking and Security Standards
Submitted by Travis Carroll on Tue, 2012-08-28 13:35
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These standards address the need for an organized approach in deploying wireless technologies on the UCSF enterprise network. Adherence to these standards will allow UCSF schools, departments and individuals (including students in residence halls connected to the UCSF network) to deploy wireless networks without compromising the integrity of the campus network. These standards also encourage choices that will result in optimal compatibility between campus wireless local area network (WLAN) installations and will facilitate compatibility with the Medical Center's WLAN. Compatibility will result in better user experiences and lower support requirements.

Definition of Terms
Access point: The term access point includes special-purpose hardware as well as general-purpose computers that are configured to act as base stations or transceivers for wireless LANs. For pure peer-to-peer applications (where it may not be clear which system is the base station), one unit should be registered, so that the channel, SSID, and other information are in the database. IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE, the organization responsibility for setting industry-wide data communications standards including wireless LAN standards. Radio Frequency (RF) Site Survey: A procedure that identifies the optimal locations for access points in order to maximize coverage and minimize interference. Typically this is done with specialized equipment operated by trained personnel. Secure Mounting: Mounting access points in a physically secure manner introduces physical security in addition to network security. Access points are far less likely to be stolen or removed without authorization. In addition, unauthorized configuration changes to the access points are less likely to occur. Secure mounting is easy to implement, and provides a baseline...
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