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College WLANs put to the test

Each freshman class at Dartmouth College is unique, but this year’s crop has at least one thing in common with other classes across the country: a passion for wireless networks. “No one wants to plug in anymore,” says Brad Noblet, the school’s director of technical services. About 90% of Dartmouth’s freshmen arrived with wireless-enabled laptops. Exploding wireless LAN traffic has been a grueling test for college network staffs this semester. Network infrastructures, security and management are all being stressed, and WLANs have become a prime vector for fast, and repeated, viral infections. Full Story

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