Wireless devices weigh down campus networks

The coming deviceapocalypse:

The prospect of handling the combined traffic of tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of devices is enough to make any wireless network buckle — and some already are. At colleges and universities across the country, chief information officers are exhausting their budgets just to maintain their existing networks while congestion threatens to choke their online traffic.

Empty a student’s bookbag, and you’re likely to find a laptop and a smartphone — perhaps even a tablet. Back in their dorm rooms, students may have hooked up a gaming console or two. And if wearable computers, like smartwatches and -glasses, enter the mass market, students could in a few years bring twice as many devices to campus as they do today.

No wonder the Educause IT Issues Panel named the “device explosion” its No. 1 issue of 2013.

See on www.insidehighered.com