The House of Representatives announced today that it
would soon install
a Wi-Fi network inside the sprawling 505,000 square foot
multi-building campus. The installation of the wireless network is
expected to take as long as three years and may begin as soon as
January. One House spokesman hinted that the installation of the
wireless network could be completed more quickly, but no firm
timeline was given.
The wireless network will use 802.11n
reports InformationWeek and will be installed to start with in
cafeterias and eventually spread to cover member's offices, hearing
rooms, and other locations within the building. Setting up a wireless
network in such a large campus, with walls made of marble will be a
The House also expects the network to be very
robust with enhanced security. The contractor who installs the
network will be required to integrate network security and management
tools into the network and eventually maintain the network. One key
specification is that the network needs to be able to locate rogue
access points and users.
The network will be used for internet
connectivity, VoIP, and location-based applications. Currently there
is little coverage for Wi-Fi on the House campus with most using 3G
access reports InformationWeek.