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Recommended Citation: Palmer, H.  Wireless LANs in Higher Education.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §20c.

Wireless LANs in Higher Education

Harold Palmer    [a1] [a2]
Computer Information Systems
Ferris State University    [u1] [u2]
Big Rapids, Michigan, USA    [c1] [c2]

This paper gives an overview of the development of wireless technology and identifies a number of higher education institutions that have used, or are in the process of developing wireless LANs. Some suggestions are offered as to how to address the problems and challenges that exist for the implementation of wireless LANs on campus. Most institutions of higher education are not considered leading-edge telecommunication organizations due to their lack of funding, especially when compared to their commercial counterparts. True, there are some major universities that are research oriented and are blessed with adequate funding for research from grants and substantial endowments, but most campuses are just now becoming completely wired and have started to fully use applications like e-mail, distance learning, and Web-based classroom management. The idea of taking these newly established wired networks and replacing them with wireless capability makes no sense. However, the idea of extending wireless capability to classrooms and labs that have not been previously connected has a great deal of merit.

Keywords: Communication, wireless LANs, higher education, VLA

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