Archive for : October, 2012

BYOD – How to Start

So you want to allow students and Teachers to bring their own devices onto your network!

There are a number of considerations that you will need to take into consideration in order to accomplish this goal while maintaining the security and integrity of your network.



Things to consider

  • The Wireless Infrastructure of your existing network.  Do you have enterprise level wireless access points?  If you are using
  • Current Policies that would prohibit bringing personal devices onto your network (for example: A school system might prohibit students from bringing in cell phones.) You will need to work with management to develop a pilot and gain approval for large scale implementation.
  • Current Network Range and availability for adding a large segment of devices  to your network.  Will you need to increase from C class sub-nets to B class sub-nets?
  • Does your site currently have a acceptable use policy in place?
  • Are you trying to do this for free?  There are some open source solutions that will make this possible.
  • What is the physical setup of your network.  Do you have access to modify your router? (we Will need to create routes for the new networks)
  • Does your organization use VLANs?  If you are currently using under 200ish network enabled devices and you are now thinking BYOD will add an additional 100 devices.  You will need to consider implementing VLAN’s within your organization.
  • Do you have the time to dedicate to this project?
  • Do you have a spare server? Or room for another virtual server!

As I start blogging about these different subjects I will start to answer these questions and give insight into how I have answered these questions.