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    Student Devices

    Bit of informal research have added a vote to this thread on student devices on network.

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    Probably would do but in NZ in primary schools for them moment it's not really something that we have to consider yet.

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    We're considering a trial of sixth form with their own laptops.

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    6th form are currently allowed wireless internet access after MAC addresses are collected and their laptop has been pat tested. They aren't allowed on to the main network, just a special vlan with access to the filtered proxy.

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    I'm looking into providing 6th form access via a suitably secured section of my BlueSocket infrastructure.

    I think I will provide ridiculously heavy filtering for Internet access and a connection through to my Citrix farm.

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    Yes - we're a private school, and despite what some people might think we don't have very much money at all to spend on ICT (all our money is raised from fees, we don't just get money handed to us). Our pupils do, however, tend to be from the more affluent section of society, and many have their own laptop, phone, etc (some very nice Macbooks turning up after Christmas). Not allowing them to use it at school seems like a waste of an opportunity. Web access is transparently filtered, of course, but other than that we can't really stop them doing much - we don't have enough money to buy anything but the most basic of networking equipment anyway.

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    we allow student owned mac laptops(we had a laptop scheme 4/5 years ago) on to the wifi with small amount of network access, odd printer avilable for them to print and internet access.

    ipod touches, iphones (yes students have these already! we have a fairly middle class cohort) wifi enabled phones such as Nokia N95s. Next years plans are netbooks for year 7 and more access for student owned windows laptops/netbooks in other years.
    Last edited by gaz350; 20th January 2009 at 09:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    6th form are currently allowed wireless internet access after MAC addresses are collected and their laptop has been pat tested. They aren't allowed on to the main network, just a special vlan with access to the filtered proxy.
    Exactly how we do it, too. Uptake has been slower than anticipated, though...

    Is PAT really necessary though? Some of them will have been bringing them in for years anyway without getting you test them, plus they no doubt have plenty of other non-PAT'ed electrical equipment (phones, CD players, etc), so why is the laptop different?
    Last edited by enjay; 20th January 2009 at 09:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    6th form are currently allowed wireless internet access after MAC addresses are collected and their laptop has been pat tested. They aren't allowed on to the main network, just a special vlan with access to the filtered proxy.
    Looking at doing the same thing here, just another thing on the list.

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    We do allow other devices onto the wireless (although don't massively publicise the fact). It is all nicely locked down to require the student username/password for access & we log all activity too.

    Seeing a gradual increase in the number of things connected, probably far more iPods and things than laptops at the moment.

    Tim

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    We allow student's laptops to connect. Anything that connects has to authenticate via PEAP with the student's network login credentials, so we can trace back all internet access and kick anyone off by disabling their AD account.

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    little bit different, but we have a common room for our 6th form... and in there they have a 46" TV and they are going to be able to bring in there xbox360's etc but our ite manager has said they must be pat tested first! either that or the school have to buy a game console for them!

    We have people coming in to school, we dont check to see if there laptop's are tested. just no need for it really

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    Those of you who are allowing students' devices straight onto your network - what are you doing to prevent use of packet sniffers and other suck HaCkInG tools, or to prevent Nimda-esque viruses grinding the network by polling for vulnerable computers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    Those of you who are allowing students' devices straight onto your network - what are you doing to prevent use of packet sniffers and other suck HaCkInG tools, or to prevent Nimda-esque viruses grinding the network by polling for vulnerable computers?
    I am also interested in what you do, i would use a v-lan myself. It only takes one of them to have DHCP on a laptop to bring everything down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    Those of you who are allowing students' devices straight onto your network - what are you doing to prevent use of packet sniffers and other suck HaCkInG tools, or to prevent Nimda-esque viruses grinding the network by polling for vulnerable computers?
    The use of VLANs to separate these devices off is one measuer that can be used. Theer are also methods of allowing access to specific destinations only - thus making packet sniffers a little redundent. Wireless traffic, of course, should always be denied access between clients.

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