Wireless LANS have captivated much attention in the business environment, in the home, and in libraries. A fundamental challenge lies in determining how—or if– to make use of this technology. This workshop aims to provide attendees with the knowledge to make these decisions and to enable them to establish effective and secure wireless networks in their libraries.
Wireless access points slightly more expensive than Ethernet Hubs
Wireless NICs slightly more expensive then Ethernet cards ($100+)
Cabling needed only to the Access point
Access Point Installation Electrical Power Electrical Power Electrical Power Electrical Power Electrical Power Electrical Power Ethernet Connection Electrical Power Access Point Omni-directional Antenna
Common approach for remote users that rely on accessing organizational resources through the Internet
Applicable to wireless users on premises
Enhances security / adds inconvenience.
Ethernet Switch Remote Host with VPN Server Component Encrypted Tunnel provided by a Virtual Private Network Access Point Router Router Remote Laptop with VPN Client Traffic is encrypted along the entire path from client to host
Ethernet Switch Remote Host Scope of Encryption Provided by WLAN Security Access Point Router Router Wireless LAN with WEP or WPA Traffic is encrypted only between the Wireless NIC and the Access Point
Avoid wireless technologies for sensitive networks
Not appropriate for networks that carry confidential or sensitive information
Protect core network services with internal firewalls
Library Applications Using wireless technology in libraries
Wireless.Solution offers libraries a secure setup fire-walled from the library's network, with up to ten simultaneous VPN connections for staff functions.
Wireless.Solution Pro offers the same security as Wireless.Solution, along with managed access to control bandwidth per user, the flexibility to provide access free or fee-based or a mixture of the two, and a personalized interface for the library.
Dynix offers Horizon Wireless Gateway, a comprehensive high-speed wireless networking solution for libraries that uses Bluesocket equipment and technology.
Horizon Wireless Gateway comes with tools for patron authentication and encryption, bandwidth management, regulatory compliance, network scheduling, Web-based network management, and centralized status and usage reporting.
Sirsi offers two new network consulting services for libraries interested in installing wireless and IP telephony technologies.
Technology partners for these services include Cisco Systems; Global Solutions Group, providing information technology design; and Bluesocket Inc., the leading vendor of open-systems wireless local area network (WLAN) systems to secure and manage wireless access to networks and the Internet.