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Issue #2003 - 30 (November 2003)
(Updated Nov. 26, 2003)


Bluesocket WLAN Security Solution Succeeds in Universities by Scoring 200 Hits

Bluesocket Inc., (www.bluesocket.com) recently announced its WLAN management and security solution has been deployed on more than 200 campuses at colleges and universities worldwide. Features cited most often by University IT administrators, according to the vendor, include the ability to control access to Web and application servers by time of day and by user or group; the ability to maintain persistent connections as end-users roam about campus; bandwidth QoS management, authentication and enterprise-class security.

"We chose Bluesocket Gateways as the best out-of-the-box solution for our campus," said Amy Lyn Edwards, Senior Systems Support Specialist, University of Georgia. "We have deployed almost 30 gateways around campus to support wireless and controlled wired access to PAWS (Personal Access Wireless/Walkup System). The gateways work with any access point, administration can be centralized or distributed. They also provide secure authentication against our central authentication server, and they give us fine-grained access control. It is a great appliance."

The cost savings of using wireless technology appeals to universities. According to a Buena Vista University (Iowa) study, the cost to wire 41 classrooms would amount to more than $5,000 per room, whereas providing a wireless access alternative would cost well under $900 per room.

"Bluesocket has been an essential partner in our IT initiative for a wireless campus," said H. O'Neal Smitherman, vice president for information technology & CIO, Ball State University. "Our students, faculty and staff can be assured that their communications are private and their data is secured against intrusions. We like Bluesocket's strong policy-networking features which let us control and deliver appropriate wireless access based on individual's role within the university. Bluesocket plugs into our Cisco-based infrastructure to give us centralized management over all wireless users on campus to deny or permit access to University servers, partition bandwidth, even let alumni or parents check their e-mail while visiting the campus." said Smitherman.

Other universities and colleges that have deployed Bluesock solutions in their campuses include:

  • Bowling Green University
  • Harvard University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hunter College/CUNY
  • London School of Economics (UK)
  • National Yulin University (Taiwan)
  • Neuchatel University (Switzerland)
  • Nihon University (Japan)
  • Northeastern University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio University
  • Open University (UK)
  • Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey)
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • UCLA
  • Universitat Rostock (Germany)
  • Universite de Marseilles (France)
  • University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • University of Florida 
  • University of Lancaster (UK)
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Texas
  • University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  • Wayne State University

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Bluesocket has done very well in the academic market. Universities like an open WLAN security and management solution that will work with different vendors' access points because it has no control on individual departments and faculties. That's what Bluesocket provides.  It has continuously upgraded its product line. Now, its new WG-5000 provides a platform supporting up to 1000 users with 2 Gigabit copper or fiber ports, delivering up to 400 Mbps performance for IPSec traffic, and 1 Gbps for clear traffic.

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