Posted by: Tony Bradley
Apple, Cisco, Duke University, iPhone, Networking, wi-fi, Wireless
The iPhone had already developed a fanatic, cult-like following before it was even released. Although there are some shortcomings (lack of 3G wireless being a big one), that popularity has just grown since its release. However, the Apple iPhone evangelists were dealt a setback last week…or so it seemed. Duke University experienced a failure of its wireless network which it quickly blamed on the iPhone. The claim was that the iPhones being used on campus flooded the wireless access points with ping requests in an endless attempt to find a connection point. Unfortunately for Duke University and Cisco, the rush to judgment to blame the iPhone was apparently premature. Upon further investigation, it was an error within the Cisco networking hardware that caused the problem. Duke and Cisco have put a fix in place and resolved the issue, but have not revealed what exactly the root cause was or what the fix does. For more details on the Duke University iPhone issue, read this Computerworld.com article.