“Apple Inc.’s flashy new iPhones may be jamming parts of the wireless network at Duke University, where technology officials worked with the company Wednesday to fix problems before classes begin next month,” Mike Baker reports for The Associated Press.
“Bill Cannon, a Duke technology spokesman, said an analysis of traffic found that iPhones flooded parts of the campus’ wireless network with access requests — 10,000 times per second — freezing parts of the system for 10 minutes at a time,” Baker reports. “While the network has 100 to 150 iPhones registered, a single iPhone was powerful enough to cause the problem, Cannon said ‘The scale of the problem is very small right now,’ said Cannon, adding that the school is working with Apple and Cisco Systems Inc., Duke’s network equipment provider, to pinpoint the problem. ‘But the more iPhones that are around, the more they could be knocking on the door for access.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Cisco. Ironic.
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Baker continues, “Ashok Agrawala, a computer science professor at the University of Maryland, speculated that both the phone and Duke’s network are to blame for the glitches at the university. Agrawala said the phones could be struggling to regain a connection with a wireless access point, possibly when a wireless hotspot hands off to another.”
“Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman, said the company is working with Duke to quickly resolve the issue but didn’t know details or the source of the problem,” Baker reports. “Greg James, associate director of data networking at nearby North Carolina State University, said Wednesday that the school hasn’t noticed any issues at its campus in Raleigh despite usual monitoring of all wireless access points.”
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Obvious first question: is it one or a handful of (potentially faulty) iPhones causing the problem or are all iPhones capable of flooding Duke’s Wi-Fi network?