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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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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?

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