Have you ever wondered how you could make a safe and secure wireless test setup for wireless access point configuration, wireless network interface card configuration, wireless network sniffing, WEP cracking, rogue access point detection, wireless-based DoS attacks, or other black hat exercises?

Under the direction of Dr. Lee Toderick, the School of Information and Technology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC has had success with the adoption of an isolated, remotely-accessible LBA EMFaraCage® faraday cage to house student laboratory wireless equipment. This permits even the most invasive wireless projects to be performed in an area that also offers unrestricted campus WLAN wireless network access. Their EMFaraCage® lab isolation setup is optimized for IEEE 802.11b/g radio communication in the 2400-2483 MHz frequency band.

Topology of the ECU faraday cage lab
Topology of the ECU faraday cage lab

Many educational institutions that offer curriculum classes in wireless technologies include protocol investigation and security configuration. Wireless technology labs help to reinforce theory and concepts, and to provide educational experiences not available through classroom lecture. Secure, remote access to lab equipment enables students to perform experiments 24/7 from any location thus maximizing the utilization of the equipment and providing scheduling flexibility to the students. Student laboratories for wireless devices can be problematic in institutions that offer wireless network access. These production wireless environments can be disrupted or even disabled if a student improperly configures the laboratory equipment. The EMFaraCage® faraday cage gives instructors and administration the security to maximize instructional opportunities.

The LBA EMFaraCage® is not just for student labs. It can be a convenient, portable and economical accessory for any laboratory that needs to isolate ambient radio frequency environments from research and testing protocols.

To see complete implementation details on the ECU test setup, see Technical Note 127: Keeping Black Hat In The Box.

To discuss your EMFaraCage® requirements, contact John George or 252-757-0279. Special discounts are available for educational institutions!

About The Author

LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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