Revised 1/10/07

POLICY

The Telecommunications Department is implementing the Wireless CaneNet system on the Coral Gables campus. This system will allow campus users to access campus-computing facilities from mobile or portable computers. However, it requires dedication of a portion of the radio airspace at the University that serves as the transport medium for a part of the University’s network. Accordingly, this computing policy addresses, radio airspace on University premises.

As indicated in University policies, the Telecommunications Department is responsible for procurement of all telecommunications services (voice, data, and video) at all University locations (see policy B010 in the Telecommunications section of Information Technology policies).  This includes unlicensed radio frequencies. Both Information Systems and Telecommunications policies are posted on the University’s WWW site at http://www.miami.edu/it/policies The Telecommunications department will manage shared use of available and limited FCC Unlicensed radio frequencies in the same way that it manages shared use of the wired network. While use of the airspace may not be actively monitored for potential interfering devices, users/devices causing interference and/or disrupting campus networking will be sought out.

If you have a question about an existing system using FCC unlicensed frequency radios for transmission or you are planning to purchase a wireless system, please contact the University’s Chief Network Officer at (305) 284-8400 or send an e-mail to CaneNet@miami.edu. The Telecommunications department can assist in determining if devices will cause interference to the Wireless CaneNet system.

WIRELESS CANENET

Wireless CaneNet uses the FCC unlicensed 2.4 GHz Industrial/Scientific/Medical (ISM) band. Wireless CaneNet transmissions within that band conform to the IEEE 802.11 DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) wireless LAN specification. Certain other “wireless” devices exist in the market place that also employ the same 2.4 GHz frequency band and they may cause interference to users of the Wireless CaneNet service. These devices include, but are not limited to other IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN devices, cordless telephones, cameras, and audio speakers.

In order to assure the highest level of service to the users of Wireless CaneNet, the cooperation of all members of the campus community is necessary to minimize potential interference from those devices. Accordingly, Telecommunications requests that use of all other 2.4 GHz devices be discontinued in all Coral Gables campus university locations. In cases where an interfering device is being used for a specific teaching or research application, Telecommunications will work with faculty to determine whether there are circumstances under which use of the device may still be accommodated without causing interference to Wireless CaneNet users.