Wireless Network Connectivity Policy

CATEGORY:     Information Technology
STATUS:           Approved

POLICY PURPOSE:

Truman State University provides secure wireless access to computing and information technology (IT) resources for employees, students, contractors, and guests as part of the services offered to enhance productivity in the workplace. Wireless networks operate within a shared and finite radio spectrum, and are important to the University. To help ensure that wireless products can function properly, Information Technology Services needs to protect the spectrum as a shared resource.

APPLIES TO:

This policy covers all wireless data communication devices connected to any of Truman’s internal networks (data or voice) or any form of wireless communication device capable of transmitting packet data or analog signals. Wireless devices and/or networks without any connectivity to Truman networks do not fall under the purview of this policy, unless they interfere with the reliable operation of the campus wireless network.


CONTENTS:

Importance of Spectrum Management
Spectrum Management
Approved Frequency Bands


POLICY STATEMENT:

Importance of Spectrum Management

It is through the spectrum between 800 MHz and 5.9 GHz that the University can:

  • connect laptops and personal devices to the campus network
  • talk on cellular phones, cordless phones, and headsets
  • secure buildings with security cameras

Unless properly managed, many of these technologies will crowd the spectrum and negatively impact network services.  Because the spectrum is a shared resource, the need to monitor, manage, and secure it is imperative to optimal wireless reliability and performance.

Spectrum Management

Information Technology Services will manage the spectrum to ensure fair and efficient allocation of resources. Ensuring availability requires the careful management of traffic and the minimizing of interference in the RF (radio frequency) environment.

Management of the spectrum includes the following:

  • All wireless access points connected to the Truman network must be approved and configured by ITS prior to connection to the network.
  • Any departmental request for wireless coverage must be made to ITS a minimum of 90 days prior to the required coverage date.
  • All individual requests for wireless access will be made in accordance with guidelines published by ITS on the wireless network page.
  • Cordless telephones used on campus should be in the 900MHz band as cordless phones in the 2.4 GHz band will interfere with segments of the 802.11x wireless network.
  • If ITS discovers a device causing interference, the department has the right to shut down the device until a resolution can be reached.
  • ITS will periodically survey the spectrum, catalog the devices affecting it, and take action accordingly.
  • ITS reserves the right to grant, limit, or restrict access to the wireless spectrum within the physical spaces and on grounds owned and operated by Truman State University.

Approved Frequency Bands

The following table lists the industry-approved frequency bands for devices such as cordless phones, cell phones, scanners, etc.

Frequency Range Band/Region Devices
800 MHz Cell Cell Cellular phones and devices
865-870 MHz Europe ISM Cordless phones, UHF-RFID, SCATA, wireless video
902-928 MHz ISM Cordless phones, UHF-RFID, SCATA, wireless video
950-956 MHz Japan-ISM Cordless phones, UHF-RFID, SCATA, wireless video
1850-1910 MHz Cell Cellular phones and devices
1880-1900 MHz DECT-ETSI European DECT cordless phones
1920-1930 MHz UPCS-U.S. U.S.-to DECT V.6
2.400-2.500 GHz ISM Cordless phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, alarm systems, motion detectors, and others
2.5 GHz + WiMAX
3.1 GHz UWB UWB UWB-Ultra Wideband applications currently approved for 3.1-10.1 GHz
4.94-4.99 GHz U.S.-to public safety U.S. and others
5.155.35 GHz ISM/UWB Wi-Fi-802.11a, video cameras, others
5.475.35 GHz ISM/UWB ETSI approved for use in Wi-Fi, soon to be FCC to approved; also contains radar, microwave links
5.7255.875 GHz ISM/UWB Wi-Fi, cordless phones, video, Hyper to LAN
10.1 GHz UWB UWB applications currently approved for 3.1-10.1 GHz

 

EXCLUSIONS OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Any exceptions to this Policy must be approved in writing by Information Technology Services (see contact information below).

CONSEQUENCES:

By failing to abide by this policy or policy procedures, individuals may be subject to sanctions, up to and including the loss of computer or network privileges, disciplinary action, suspension, termination of employment, dismissal from the University, and legal action. Some violations may constitute criminal offenses under local, state, and federal laws. The University will carry out its responsibility to report such violations to the appropriate authorities.


REVIEW/CHANGE HISTORY: 2003/11/23, 2009/11/01, 2011/02/03, 2013/11/12, 2017/11/15


DEFINITIONS:

ITS – Information Technology Services

802.11x – the wireless standards currently utilized in Truman’s wireless network.

Access Point – communication hub (commonly referred to as a wireless router) for users of a wireless device to connect to a wired network

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KEYWORDS:

Line of authority

Policy Administrator: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Contact: Chief Information Officer, 111 McClain, 660-785-4163

Effective date

Effective Date: 11-15-2017

Approved Date: 11-15-2017

Policy Type: Operations