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Networking Policies

Network/Security Policy: Access to the ECE Network

To be placed upon the ECE network, all systems must meet or exceed the requirements of the university's Minimum Computer Security Standard (MCSS.) To that end, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering requires that all systems placed upon the ECE network be inspected and configured by the Site Staff prior to their connection to the network.

The Site Staff will perform the following tasks:

  1. The hardware (MAC) address of the system will be recorded such that it may be entered into the department's DHCP system.
  2. The installation and configuration of site approved anti-virus and anti-spamm software.
  3. The installation of all service packs and/or system patches for both the operating system and applications.
  4. The configuration of the system such that future updates will be installed automatically.
  5. Any other actions that come to be required by the University MCSS.


Wireless Networking Policy

Wireless networking on campus is managed by OIT. Full details on this network is available here:

The following local policies apply, in addition to all OSU-level policies:

  1. OSUWIRELESS is the primary wireless network for OSU and ECE and as such it must take precedence over conflicting installations and technologies.
  2. Non-OSUWIRELESS wireless local area networks (WLANs) are generally banned within the ECE buildings. Exceptions may be made for research purposes. Persons with such requirements must contact SITE prior to any such installation.
  3. Person wishing to use non-WLAN, wireless technologies must coordinate all operations with SITE prior to purchase and/or installation. Some such technologies have been shown to interfere with the WLAN, and their usage may be limited or restricted. The following are known cases, but should not be taken as an exhaustive list.
  • Cordless phones in the 2.4GHz band should not be used within the ECE buildings. 900MHz phones and 5.8GHz phones are considered acceptable at this time, but may be restricted at a later date.
  • Bluetooth operates within the same frequency range as OSUWIRELESS, but it is believed that its frequency hopping technologies have little impact on the wireless network. However, there are studies documented on the Internet that indicate problems may develop as the bluetooth installation base grows. For this reason all bluetooth installations must be registered with SITE. Further, if any bluetooth installation is shown to adversely impact OSUWIRELESS, that installation may need to be restricted or removed.

Any and all wireless technologies are subject to all University and Departmental networking and proper usage policies.