Fellow University Campus Networkers: What do you do?

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I work at a university and we have not outsourced our wireless network in the dorms. This means that every semester, especially the Fall, our network is inundated with new wireless devices, most of which I've never seen or heard of before the students have them plugged in. 

My question is: What are you guys doing about all the ad-hoc devices springing up? Every time I think about going door to door and telling them to shut them off, another thought chases it down - I don't have time for that.

I can think of so many different strategies to tackle this, but I'm not fond of any of them and would love to hear what others have subscribed to. Please inform.

Note: I mentioned ad-hoc devices, but if you have different protocols for hotspots and rogue access points too, I'm all ears.
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Dan Lauing II

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J. Goodnough, Champ

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Rogue AP detection/mitigation? It's ultimately more of a "people" type of problem than a "technical kind of problem. Are ad-hocs and rogues causing interference issues on your network?
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I gave up worrying about.

tried mitigating for a time but when the APs are mitigating they are not serving supplicants. had more complaints then anything else from valid supplicants, also several of our campuses are surrounded by flats.

maybe with an overlay wips it would be better.

with all the smart phones and unlimited data plans - it would be an impossible task.

As J says this is a "people" problem and people problems can only be solved with education, and even then it may not work with all people.

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Sorry, I didn't mean to be ambiguous. You guys are both right. It is a people problem. It wasn't really an Aerohive question at all; I just wanted to see how others were handling it.

At any rate, I appreciate your answer Andrew. "Giving up" is an option we're considering... I'm just not ready to do it yet.

@J., I can't say for sure the impact these devices are having, but I know air time isn't increasing with their arrival. We only broadcast 2 SSIDs, at most, all over campus. However, go into a dorm, and you can easily see a dozen or more.