Can I Connect My Own Wireless Router in My Residence Room?

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Applies To:  Queens Students

 

No, you may not connect your own wireless router in your residence room. 

There are several reasons for this.  The signals from individual wireless routers can disrupt and degrade the wireless network for everyone.

Most wireless spectrum space is reserved for licensed uses such as commercial television and radio. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated only a limited amount of wireless spectrum for unlicensed use by the general public. Multiple devices using the same frequency simultaneously will interfere with each other.  If you turn on your own access point in the residence halls, it weakens the signal strength of QU-WiFi, and QU-Gaming for all your neighbors.   In other words, wi-fi pollution can occur.

This is caused by the introduction of unintended channel overlapping and decreased signal-to-noise rations between access points.   This can become a problem in high-density areas, residence halls. Other equipment such as microwave ovens, Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, can also cause significant additional interference.

The access points installed by Queens communicate with each other and adjust themselves in the background so as to actively avoid interfering with each other.  When personal or private access points transmit at the same time, it disrupts the ability of the university access points to coordinate with each other and degrades network performance for every user in the area.   The design and placement of the access points is intended to maximize seamless coverage across campus.

In addition to this reason, the introduction of personal wireless networks adds confusion to other students who may see the SSID of the personal router and mistakenly attempt to connect.

Finally, personal routers serve IP address that are not controlled by the university and hamper our ability to ensure the best possible security and performance.

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