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Installation could take three years

The IT infrastructure of many U.S. government institutions is lacking and is set for an overhaul under President Obama. The need for IT and security is highest in the government where potential security breaches could harm the safety of the country and our armed forces.

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 challenge.

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.

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What a waste.
By MatthiasF on 12/17/2009 11:05:45 AM , Rating: 1
If they have 3G coverage now why not just mandate a 802.16 WMAN over the same cell towers being used for the 3G? The signal should have similar penetration and in regions it doesn't they can build more access points or use multihop repeaters.

WiMAX > 802.11N

RE: What a waste.
By HighWing on 12/17/2009 11:25:01 AM , Rating: 5
I would imagine one reason is security. The other being that a local network is just that... local! It would be silly to make people go out over a public cell network to then log back into their local network to get access to resources, not to mention the increased security it would call for.

WiMax is not the same as WiFi as there is more to a network then just Internet access.

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