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Tyler Durden
Member # 1545
 - posted September 09, 2004 08:18
...and I hate it.

"The University of Texas at Dallas has adopted a policy of disallowing the use of 802.11b/g access points outside of those used for the campus-wide wireless network. While they have an understandable concern with ensuring the accessability of the school network, the rights of the students to use the unlicensed 2.4GHz spectrum in the privacy of their own apartment are obviously being regulated by a body that is not the FCC. Students have until the 15th of September to comply with the policy, disable their wireless equipment, and string cat5 over the floor, or be subject to 'disciplinary action.'"
Here is a scan of the note I got on the outside of my door yesterday.


I personally have an 802.11b network running off of my cable internet connection.
Member # 780
 - posted September 09, 2004 08:35
Wow...no sooner than I found that article on /. than I found this. And don't ya know, I probably would like to spin UTD's notice around my parts, because rogue wireless access points are fscking things up a bit here, mostly because people are too ignorant to realize how stupid it is to run them in their jail cell sized rooms. Just plug in the fscking Cat-5!

In an apartment, I feel that's another story - my bigger concern is that people really need to turn on WEP, so they don't open huge vulnerabilities.
Member # 1941
 - posted September 09, 2004 18:35
Why do I suspect that there's some RIAA/MPAA pressure behind this policy move [Roll Eyes]
Member # 780
 - posted September 09, 2004 21:21
Originally posted by csk:
Why do I suspect that there's some RIAA/MPAA pressure behind this policy move [Roll Eyes]

Oh, because of their 'strong recommendations' at the end? Seriously, though - I had a crap [official] base station of mine overpowered by a couple of rogue wireless routers, and was not terribly pleased by this. I'm going to have to do some diagnostics of it, to make sure it really works, but that mucked up one morning for me. I ended up putting out an older, sturdier version, albeit of the same brand and model.
Member # 1659
 - posted September 11, 2004 03:53
Tyler Durden I am not sure that they can inforce such a rule. I am a ham and all part 15 devices fall under this rule, does it cause interference with legitimate radio or TV signals if not then what happens is we don't care (FCC). When a part 15 device does cause interference and there is a complaint about loss of signal to a TV, Radio, and or Ham station then the FCC will get involved. The University may make it a condition of residence that you do not interfer with thier part 15 equipment. So if your Micro wave caused the loss of a TV or radio signal you could be forced to disable it, but you could still use your part 15 router.
Tyler Durden
Member # 1545
 - posted September 15, 2004 14:22


Today was the day access points were supposed to go off. I kept mine going and changed the SSID to "comeandtakeit" in reference to the Texans in the Battle of Gonzales.

Later in the day, I got that note in the door. [Smile]
Member # 1089
 - posted September 15, 2004 14:26
Way to stick it to the man! [Smile]
Member # 1173
 - posted September 16, 2004 12:46
So, are you going to the open forum they will provide... I would, if I were you.

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