Latest on iPad: Banned From Israel and 2 American Universities


iPad, Apple’s newest gadget that has gained so much popularity lately has been reported to be banned from 2 American Universities. Though it has gained so much praises, it can’t have all the glory.

One of the universities is the Princeton University in New Jersey. They reported that iPad is giving their entire computer system a problem. The device is having a problem as it connects to a wireless network. 20 percent of the iPads on campus has been blocked because of the problems that it brings. Specifically, iPad causes DHCP client malfunctions, which basically means the tablet causes interference for other devices using the school’s wireless network. In order to prevent that interference, Princeton has been blocking the offending iPads.

On the other hand, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C has a different story. Their problem isn’t about DHCP. The university’s current authentication system isn’t supported by the iPhone or the iPad. Actually they didn’t ban the gadget, it’s just that usesr can’t log on.

Aside from these universities, Israel also banned the gadget and whenever you enter their country, the gadget will be confiscated and you need to pay a daily storage fee at which point you can then collect it on your way out of the country. “If you operate equipment in a frequency band which is different from the others that operate on that frequency band, then there will be interference,” said Nati Schubert, Senior Deputy Director for CMI (Communications Ministry of Israel). “We don’t care where people buy their equipment … but without regulation, you would have chaos.”

6 thoughts on “Latest on iPad: Banned From Israel and 2 American Universities

  1. This article and headline are totally false, at least where Princeton University is involved. Yes, there have been reported cases of DCHP problems for iPads on the campus network, but anyone who bothered to do research would have seen that Princeton IT has posted a workaround and is also in contact with Apple to address the issue.

    See http://helpdesk.princeton.edu/outages/view.plx?ID=3095

  2. I thought operating equipment at a frequency DIFFERENT from others would AVOID interference. I’m pro-Israel, but anti-MORON. The question is, is the moron the author who misquoted an Israeli official, or the Israeli official. There’s a moron in there somewhere, though.

  3. “operating equipment at a frequency DIFFERENT from others would AVOID interference.”
    Yes, with similar devices. That’s not what the problem is. It had nothing to do with WiFi or G3 bands.
    Operating at “different” frequencies may interfere with Military communication. It is Illegal to use anything other than the specific allowed bands. Apple didn’t pre-release the exact specs to Israel. The Moron is again the Press & Media that doesn’t verify for accuracy.

  4. According to a press release from Israel Ministry Of Communication dated April 24, 2010, the Communication Minister ordered to allow the import of one iPad per person. One iPad per person will be allowed into the Country.

    The issue was that “as Israel regulations in the area of WiFi are similar to European standards, which are different from American standards”.

    Following tests with Apple, other European Government agencies and a well known international lab, the Communication Minister issued an order allowing, at this time, the import into Israel of one iPad per person.

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