iPhone may not be cause of Duke wireless woes

Duke University is taking a softer stance on the cause of its wireless networking problems on Friday. Earlier in the week Duke administrators put the blame squarely on Apple’s iPhone, but a report due today from the university may exonerate the iPhone.

“We are presently looking into it and we have not been able to conclusively pinpoint where the problem is,” said Julian Lombardi, assistant vice president of academic services technology support for Duke University. “We hope to have a resolution in the next few hours.”

Lombardi said that all options are still on the table and being investigated, including Cisco’s routers and the universities own networking configuration as the cause for the networking problems.

That is a much different position than Kevin Miller, assistant director, communications infrastructure, with Duke’s Office of Information Technology, took earlier this week. Miller laid the blame for Duke’s networking problems squarely on the iPhone.

The network team began capturing wireless traffic for analysis and that’s when they discovered that the offending devices were iPhones, Miller said earlier this week.

“I don’t believe it’s a Cisco problem in any way, shape or form,” Miller said firmly.

The results of the full investigation by Duke should be available later today.

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