WiFi

Network and Telecommunication Unit (NTU) was implemented Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) systems which has covered almost all area within MMU campus. WLAN will allow campus users to access computing facilities and information sources from portable and mobile computers including hand held devices. The major application of WLAN’s is mobility. It allows network access without the limitations of wires. However, the performance is not on par with wired technology due to it shared bandwidth and security must be actively addressed in the shared wireless environment. The NTU supports the use of WLAN systems and has developed the following guidelines for Wireless usage on MMU campus.

The purpose of this policy is to provide the best quality of wireless LAN service, ensure wired and wireless network security and integrity, and minimize the interference between the campus wireless network and other products deployed throughout campus. The policy applies to facilities throughout MMU Campuses.

  1. The current WLAN systems used 802.11b wireless standard of 2.4 GHz radio frequency, which is an unlicensed, shared spectrum band. Consequently, certain products using the same frequency can caused network interference at times. For example, microwaves and cordless phones. In addition, there are non-overlapping channels in the 802.11b/g specifications.
  2. NTU will not allow third parties to deploy systems in these frequency bands at MMU sites unless approved by NTU.
  3. If there is a requirement to use devices on this frequency bands for a specific teaching or research application, faculty/department must get an approval from Head of NTU. NTU will liaise with the faculty/department concerned to determine the circumstances under which use of such devices may still be accommodated without causing interference to production wireless network users.
  4. In cases where specific devices are actually causing interference and disrupting other services, NTU reserves the right to restrict the use of all class licensed radio devices in university buildings and all outdoor spaces on the MMU campuses. Such action will normally be taken only after attempts to resolve the interference by other methods (e.g. frequency allocation, or power management) have failed.
  5. Faculty or Department operating a wireless system or other device using an unlicensed wireless band will have to register each Wireless system with NTU. In the event of interference or potential interference with other services, faculty or department have to accept direction by NTU on frequency allocation, antenna location and radiated power levels.
  6. NTU shall be solely responsible for the operation and management of wireless network infrastructure in the MMU network. NTU's responsibility includes all nodes in point-to-point or point-to-multipoint wireless links.
  7. Faculty or Department which engaged in research networks are free to choose specific equipment and software for research purposes provided that the production Wireless network is not affected. NTU have the rights to restrict the equipment usage if it is found to cause interference to production wireless network users.
  8. Faculty or Department shall not deploy their own production wireless systems because of the security, consistency and interference problems that would entail. Thus, NTU reserves the right to restrict the wireless systems deployment.
  9. WLAN systems policies are subject to the same rules and policies that govern other communication services in MMU Campuses.