Wireless Devices

The CEHD has A&M's TAMULink service enabled through Harrington Tower and Heaton Hall.  This service provides secure, wireless network access throughout the buildings.  This service makes use of technology that is able to adapt to wireless signals to increase or decrease power to provide coverage throughout the buildings while not interfering with other TAMUlink devices.  The placement of the TAMULink access points was engineered by NIS for optimal use within the building.

However, personal wireless devices such as printers, monitors, hard drives, etc. interfere with these features and can cause the TAMULink devices to continually readjust based on these signals.  As a result, only devices for which all wireless communication is done through the TAMULink network can be used within A&M buildings.  Any devices that have wireless capabilities (e.g., printers, monitors) but do not connect to TAMULink must have their wireless functions disabled.  Another example would be tablets such as iPads.  Connecting the iPad to TAMULink is appropriate.  However, opening up your iPad to allow other devices to connect to it over wireless is not.

Low-powered blue-tooth devices are allowed.  However, the use of such devices may interfere with WiFi signals in the immediate area.  So, if the signal penetrates walls you should avoid using the device to avoid interfering with your neighbors.

All of these devices are great technology and work great around your house.  However, they are not built for an enterprise environment.  So, enjoy them at home but don't bring them to the office.

For exceptions, see the following from the Wireless SAP.

Limited special requests may be granted by the CISO, or designee (e.g., research projects 
requiring isolated wireless devices for experiments). Each special request form shall be 
submitted to IT-Wireless@tamu.edu and will require an NIS site evaluation. If granted, 
all instructions provided by NIS in the special request communication must be followed 
(see Wireless Request Service webpage). 

Written May 27, 2014 in consultation with Network Information Services (NIS)