Apple iPad Backlash at U.S. Universities

George Washington and Princeton Universities banned iPads on campus, not because the new gadget is distracting students from their studies, but because  it puts a strain on the universities' Wi-Fi systems.

Princeton revealed that 22 of the 41 iPads on campus caused DHCP client malfunctions, which interfered with other wireless devices.

The iPad isn't the first Apple product to cause Wi-Fi problems for universities. Cornell University information-technology director Steve Schuster said they had experienced the strain when the iPhone launched.

"[We are] working to ensure the iPad does not have devastating consequences to our network," said Schuster.

As these universities’ Wi-Fi infrastructures steel themselves against overwhelming bandwidth demands, Israel had banned the iPad entirely because its broadcasting functions at a higher level than the nation usually accepts.

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