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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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By aebiv on 12/17/2009 11:28:24 AM , Rating: 5
My question is, why on earth would this take 3 years?

And how much is this going to cost us?

Spending money on things is a lot easier when it isn't yours.

RE: Hrm
By AnotherGuy on 12/17/2009 11:44:18 AM , Rating: 2
crazy money was being spent for private companies to keep em alive... y not invest a little on something that will do some good to our government... might as well

RE: Hrm
By stubeck on 12/17/2009 11:54:28 AM , Rating: 2
Planning for security and other factors. It took my company 5 months to institute a new signature file for employees, 3 years with proper planning seems like a reasonable amount of time.

RE: Hrm
By Mk4ever on 12/17/2009 12:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I'm opposed to technology, but why would they need n instead of g or a/b?

Do they exchange a lot of porn?

RE: Hrm
By Shining Arcanine on 12/17/2009 12:28:24 PM , Rating: 5
They need n so that it will not be obsolete by the time they are using it.

RE: Hrm
By amanojaku on 12/17/2009 12:39:46 PM , Rating: 5
I'm pretty sure it has to do with the difference in range and scalability. N has nearly twice the range as b/g, and 4x the MIMO streams. Using N could mean a lower number of routers and/or repeaters for the same number of users.

RE: Hrm
By 67STANG on 12/17/2009 4:24:14 PM , Rating: 1
Let's not forget, that N access points cost more too. This is the government, after all.

Seriously though, what's preventing war drivers from driving by there with 12dbi yagi and seeing what they can pick up with airsnort, etc.? Shouldn't take too long to sniff out enough packets with how many their going to be sending.

RE: Hrm
By HrilL on 12/17/2009 5:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
If they were smart they would be using SSL encryption inside of normal WPA2 encryption. Sonicwall does this for added security. I wonder what company is rolling out their network?

RE: Hrm
By HrilL on 12/17/2009 5:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
N offers better coverage overall. Actually gets some decent throughput. Like 50-60Mb/s It operates at both 2.4ghz and 5ghz. Has better distance. Why would you build an infrastructure out that will take 3 years to complete with out of date tech? Lot of reasons why they would go with N and not A, G, Or B.

RE: Hrm
By aqwan135 on 12/20/09, Rating: 0
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