FYI, this message just went out to deans, directors, and chairs.
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From: Tom Davis <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 13:43:21 -0500
Subject: Fwd: MSUnet Wireless status update
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>Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 13:42:01 -0500
>To: [log in to unmask]
>From: Tom Davis <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: MSUnet Wireless status update
>Last Fall, ACNS began rolling out MSUnet Wireless, the centrally-supported
>wireless data network. We first installed service in the Main Library, and
>then moved to various high-demand areas around campus. Throughout this
>period the service has been in "beta" test mode.
>For the past two weeks, this service has been essentially offline. Although
>it is still in test mode, because of the duration of this outage, I wanted
>to provide this update.
>Yesterday we discovered off-the-shelf wireless devices, one in the Computer
>Center and one on a college building network, that appear to be the primary
>cause of this extended outage. (The devices were "bridging" between the
>wired and wireless networks in such a way as to disrupt the service.) At
>this point, these two devices have been disabled and MSUnet Wireless (beta)
>is back online.
>Throughout this outage ACNS network staff have worked long hours to diagnose
>and repair the problem; the wireless equipment manufacturer, Airespace, has
>also had engineers on campus working closely with us. On the way to finding
>the primary problem, Airespace learned of weaknesses in its software that
>require engineering work and is already working on some needed improvements.
>In addition, ACNS has learned a great deal about the inner workings of the
>Airespace equipment - knowledge that will likely prove useful in the future.
>Although we all wish the outage had not lasted so long, I am very proud of
>the effort that ACNS staff put in to resolve it. We have moved aggressively
>to deploy the MSUnet Wireless service, as the demand is high. It is possible
>that we will experience other growing pains so, for the immediate future, it
>will remain in beta test mode. We look forward to finishing the "shakedown
>cruise" and declaring MSUnet Wireless a production service.
>Tom Davis, Director
>Academic Computing and Network Services