Last year the iPad changed the rules for IT administrators. The iPad, combined with many other new wi-fi enabled mobile devices put them in one of two positions: 1) Either they wanted to keep the devices off the internal network, or 2) they wanted them on the network in a secure way, without IT involvement. SecurEdge Networks has been able to help customers on either side of the fence using the same solution.
How SecurEdge Helps You Control Devices on the Network
Knowing what devices are on your network is very valuable information. At any given time you can see how many Android Tablets, ipads, iPods, smart phones, Xboxes…etc. are connected. The next benefit to this is to be able to set a policy for each of those devices. For example, if you wanted to allow ipads, but did not want iPhones on the network eating up bandwidth, we can simply write a policy in the WLAN firewall that solves that issue. Another example of the control you have would be if you were to allow iphones and wanted to have QOS on a specific application to ensure it always works (face time for example). We can write that policy in the WLAN controller as well. The more you know about who is connecting, what they are connecting with and how they are connecting the better you can make the experience for everyone.
The mobile bring your own device (BYOD) era is just beginning and IT administrators are being asked to react…quickly. It is important to remember that if you do not welcome outside devices securely on your network, there is a good chance they will end up on the network anyway, but unsecured. For more information please feel free to e-mail or contact us or download our free school wireless network design kit.