4. Recommendations

The IEEE 802.11g wireless standard should be supported

This is the Wi-Fi standard most commonly be available on clients.

Wi-Fi approved equipment should be used

Compatibility between equipment cannot be guaranteed unless it has been tested. Wi-Fi approved equipment has been through the approval process - so it will work.

Only the IP protocol should be supported

IP is the protocol of choice - all others are treated as legacy protocols by the University and have dwindling support

The minimum necessary power to provide coverage of your area should be used

Use of high signal strengths causes the signal to propagate into areas where coverage may not be required and, indeed, could provide potential connectivity to people for whom it is not intended. Reducing power levels reduces leakage and interference problems.

Use different frequencies to those of nearby access points (which may be in another building)

Suitable choices of channel allocations can reduce interference between multiple access points, thus improving signal strength to clients and allowing higher throughput. The limited number of available channels (three) at 2.4 GHz means that this is recommended.

High bandwidth utilization applications should not be allowed

As wireless technology is a shared medium with limited bandwidth, it is possible for one user to utilize the majority of the bandwidth. If anyone has high bandwidth needs then a normal 'wired' connection should be used.

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