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Hey OCN biggrin.gif

I have a weird question.

I work at a place where we are implementing WIFI at certain private schools. (This is for middle school kids). Each kid gets a nexus 7 tablet.
When they are connected to WIFI they will be on a student only VLAN and by default ONLY have access to the student repository hosted on site at each school which contains the content they work/learn with.
Internet access will be granted as needed.
All of this has been sorted, planned out and configured.

One of the requests though from our client is the ability to force DISABLE any kind of GSM radios on the tablets.
So that the kids cannot circumnavigate the WIFI and ultimately have un-monitored internet access at school (through GSM).

We have looked at solutions such as www.mobileiron.com and www.air-watch.com but we are not 100% sure this will work for us, and it is quite expensive (seems to be more aimed at the corporate world).

Perhaps any input from the OCN community?

Any input / ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Ty
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The logical question is why they purchased the models with GSM radios if they want to turn around and disable it on all of the machines. This is like buying a fleet of cars with the heated seat option and then asking how to disable the seat warmers.
    
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What's the point of disabling GSM if they still have WiFi? They could just connect to another unsecured WiFi network and get unrestricted Internet access. Maybe its better to just disable both the WiFi and GSM and look into a wired Ethernet solution.
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If you really want to disable the GSM though, you may want to look into a frequency jamming solution broadcasting on the GSM band.
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If you really want to disable the GSM though, you may want to look into a frequency jamming solution broadcasting on the GSM band.

This would bleed over and affect other legitimate GSM traffic.
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I did a little digging. One possible option is XenMobile MDM Edition - I couldn't find anything specific, but it might be worth giving Citrix a call. That product used to be Zenprise MDM. I also found this - might be worth talking to Aruba Networks.
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