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    @DrCheese why not use a purchased cert? They are pretty cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    @DrCheese why not use a purchased cert? They are pretty cheap.
    For various reasons you can't out a purchased cert on the 802.11x mode of smoothwall. iOS/Android/Mac devices let you just ignore that it's invalid & skip through. Windows 7 on the other hand requires you to install the cert into the computers cert store.

    Windows 8 lets you skip through it as well.. but no one uses it

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrCheese View Post
    For various reasons you can't out a purchased cert on the 802.11x mode of smoothwall. iOS/Android/Mac devices let you just ignore that it's invalid & skip through. Windows 7 on the other hand requires you to install the cert into the computers cert store.

    Windows 8 lets you skip through it as well.. but no one uses it
    I didn't know that. Could you use the SSL login instead?

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    Ya, but 802.11x auth means the user can sign on once and forget about it. Every time they come into WiFi range they're logged on automatically. It's brilliant :P
    SSL login is a per session thing so no one really used it.

    It's like cloud wifi in pubs, you can rarely be bothered to login. Whereas nowadays you get an app that installs a profile on your phone so it auto connects. Suddenly it's useful :P

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    You have a point, just trying to think of something that will be a little easier for the end user. hmmm

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    Well.. in the main the 802.11x auth stuff works brilliantly, it's just Windows 7 devices that suffer. I spoke to smoothwall @ BETT and there's not really much they can do about it. If only Windows 8 had taken off. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    Quite simply, who has access to your wifi within your school?

    For us it was staff and sixth form students. It appears the password to the wifi has been leaked and lower years have access to it, I have raised this with SLT.

    Just interested what other schools do. We have 2000 students.
    We have three separate Wi-Fi's, one for open access to all, a secure one and a hidden secure one.

    The open one is completely cut off from everything and when the upgrade is finished we will be okay for any more additional devices being added. We are a 1400 Student based School where all Year 7, All Year 8, All P16 and some of Year 9 have devices. We also allow them to put their own devices on to it.

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    What's WiFi?

    Any signal you think you can pick up is officially unsupported. Got plenty of network cables though...

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    Very spread out campus here, makes wi-fi an expensive luxury right now, but obviously we'll have to bite the bullet and spend the money eventually......soon.

    As soon as the only couple of blocks (so far) were wi-fi'd, I had a constant stream of staff in to connect their personal iPads and phones. Sent them all away again on the basis that they don't need to/shouldn't be using their personal devices for school-work.

    I'm hoping by the time we get round to wi-fi'ing the whole school, it won't be my problem anymore.

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