Sputnik, Part II

More news on the secured Wi-Fi front…

We were excited about Elektron, but once we started looking at the certificate requirements for Windows it seemed like a lot of work… (We’re lazy, of course, when it comes to hundreds of laptops.) Worse still, for WPA to work with any system (with or without certificates), we would need Airport Extreme cards in the iBooks, and later-model wireless cards in the Windows laptops. Many of the laptops brought to school are the 2-4 year old variety, so too many cards would be out of date.

Thus, we need a non-certificate, non-WPA solution for full backward compatibility, perferably with no client-side tinkering needed. We called Sputnik today, and learned that they are planning to release a product in about a month that might be a strong solution for us along these lines, and possibly side-step the need for replacing access points. It would work in tandem with a MAC address list, and talk to Active Directory for authentication.

Sounds perfect, but it’s not available yet, but it’s worth waiting a month for.

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