SC12 Wireless Access Policy

SCinet will deploy IEEE 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n wireless networks within the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC) in Salt Lake City. These wireless networks are part of the commodity SCinet network, providing basic access to the Internet. The wireless network will be provided in the meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and common areas of the SPCC.  The network can be accessed via SSID "SC12"

SCinet provides the wireless network for use by all exhibitors and attendees at no charge. Users may experience coverage difficulties in certain areas due to known wireless network limitations, such as areas of reduced signal strength, network congestion, limited client capacity, or other coverage problems. Please watch for additional signage at appropriate locations throughout the convention center. Network settings including IP and DNS addresses for wireless clients are provided by SCinet DHCP services. Laptops and other wireless devices configured to request network configuration information via DHCP receive this information automatically upon entering the SCinet wireless coverage area.

SCinet will monitor the health of the wireless networks and maintain this information for exhibitors and attendees. The SCinet wireless networks are governed by this policy posted on the SC12 conference Web site. In summary, while every practical effort shall be made to provide stable reliable network services, there is no explicit service level agreement for any SCinet network, including the wireless networks, nor are there any remedies available in the event that network services are lost.

In order to provide the most robust wireless service possible, SCinet must control the entire 2.4GHz and 5.2GHz ISM bands (2.412GHz to 2.462GHz and 5.15GHz to 5.35GHz) within the SPCC where SC12 conference events are taking place. This has important implications for both exhibitors and attendees:

  • Exhibitors and attendees may not operate their own IEEE 802.11 (a,b,g,n or other standard) wireless Ethernet access points anywhere within the convention center, including within their own booth.
  • Wireless clients may not operate in ad-hoc or peer-to-peer mode due to the potential for interference with other wireless clients.
  • Exhibitors and attendees may not operate 2.4GHz or 5.2GHz cordless phones or microphones, wireless video or security cameras, or any other equipment transmitting in the 2.4GHz or 5.2GHz spectrum.

SCinet wants everyone to have a successful, pleasant experience at SC12. This should include the ability to sit down with your wireless-equipped laptop or PDA to check e-mail or surf the Web from anywhere in the wireless coverage areas. Please help us achieve this goal by not operating equipment that will interfere with other users. SCinet will actively monitor both the 2.4GHz and 5.2GHz frequency spectrums and reserves the right to disconnect any equipment that interferes with the SCinet wireless networks. The SC12 conference reserves the right to deny or remove access to any system in violation of the SCinet acceptable usage policy.  Disruptive or illegal activities will not be tolerated.

SCinet reserves the right to revoke access to the wireless network to anyone who uses multicast applications or harms the network in any way, intended or unintended, via computer virus, excessive bandwidth consumption or similar misuse.

Remember that the SCinet wireless network is a best effort network. If you are running demonstrations in your booth that require high availability network access, we advise exhibitors to order a wired network connection.