I personally prefer to use encryption and authentication, because
otherwise you'll start finding your own devices, which you wish were using
the encrypted network, using the open one instead, which means folks will
be doing things on a network that's not secure that you wish was done on a
secure network, and potentially, e-mails and/or passwords could be
compromised. Anyone who knows how to use wireshark can listen in on
What we do here is have a guest network with a static key, but I can
change the key as often as I like,because the APs came with a Windows
utility that discovers them all, then allows me to reconfigure them all
from my desk, all at once. So I just tell guests the key, tell them not
to tell anyone, but I know they do. I change it periodically so when the
password gets too well known, it ceases to work. I have a mailing list of
folks that I notify automatically whenever I change it, like the
Principals, folks from the central office that visit frequently, a few
board members, a few people from the local press, etc.
Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>It sounds as though your guest network will be separate from your school
>if yes, my suggestion is to use encryption but circulate the info as you
>like (posted in the school, ask at the front desk)
>I would skip mac ID, you could always use it later if need be.
>what wireless system?
>should I utilize the Mac ID and encryption key needed options?