Hotspots Are A Hot Topic

Hotspots Become a Hot Topic at Servite High School.

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Hotspots Are A Hot Topic

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With the rise of technology-use at many high schools and universities comes the demand for quicker WiFi speeds. Servite students use laptops as well as iPads on campus. To maximize their usefulness both require internet connections. Access to the internet is becoming more and more imperative for allowing students to complete tasks and stay connected to the outside world. Plus, it makes the process of accomplishing assignments and projects much more straightforward. When students can’t connect to the internet quickly where do they turn? They create their personal hotspots.

According to an official email from the Servite I.T. department, a WiFi hotspot is defined as, “Any portable device that is used to create a wireless connection to internet. Hotspots can be established by cell phones and iPad type devices with a data plan, but there are also devices dedicated to creating hotspots like MiFi, Overdrive Pro and others like it.”

WiFi hotspots have been a reoccurring issue at Servite lately. Many students feel as though creating their internet source will be quicker and more productive than relying on the one that Servite provides. Senior Parker Shaw says, “I think it’s good that we have restrictions. When I’m trying to get my schoolwork done, the hotspots on restrict my education.”

When creating a hotspot, the internet source pops up on the available networks finder. Often this will lead to catching the student red-handed. There are consequences that will follow. Creating a personal hotspot or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is considered a major violation of the school policy.

Most students are unaware of the effects alternate WiFi connections on the school’s network, One anonymous source says, “When I create a hotspot, it doesn’t affect the main internet at all. It’s a proven fact.”

In reality, this is not the case. I.T. says, “The hotspots interfere with the initial signal that our WiFi access points produce. This causes outages and intermittent connectivity issues to anyone within about 45 feet of the hotspot, whether their computer sees the rogue network or not. Depending on the location of the hotspot, it could affect a six classroom block per floor.”

WiFi hotspots are not allowed because they block the main signal at school. Servite is not the only campus struggling with the issue. California State University Long Beach includes information about hotspots on their information technology page, which clarifies WiFi is just a group of high-frequency radio signals. Radio signals are susceptible to interference. The campus WiFi networks (BeachNet and BeachNet+) are only as good as the radio reception that client devices get. The more radio signals in the air, the more interference there potentially is. IT would like our user community to refrain from using Personal WiFi HotSpot technology so that the radio signal quality of our existing networks is as high as it can be for the campus community. IT can detect, and in some cases, interfere with, Personal WiFi HotSpots if necessary, but it is not automatic. ( schools.)

When the primary Servite WiFi signal is interfered with, it is unable to reach its full potential. While some students disregard policies that are meant to protect internet connectivity, others have a better understanding of the damage personal hot spots can do. Griffin Gurolla says, “Personally, I believe hotspots are not needed at Servite High School. The Servite WiFi is remarkable when not tampered with by outside sources. Hotspots are just a temptation to stray away from the four formation themes.”

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