I have a bluesocket system installed... with about 20 WAPs... it works fine and i don't have to do anything with it... its AD linked so even if someone got a laptop connected to to the network they'd have to be able to log onto the domain to gain access to anything...
Just to add my 2 pence worth this is what I have,
1 x Bluesocket Wireless Management Appliance (BSC1200)
10 x Bluesocket Access points (BSAP1500)
All for £3,500 all in
A fully managaged wireless system currently supporting 350 wireless users and VERY secure using a combination os 802.1x and SSL certs with 3 SSID's in place
If you would like more info just ask.
stevenlong1985 (2nd June 2008)
AFAIK theres very little server side changes... the laptops basically need to be told to connect to a different wireless network...
basically you connect it all up and set the access points etc.. then you need to tell the management bit to connect to your AD... maybe need to do passwords etc... set up the security and go...
i'd put money on it that it takes longer to install the hardware than to do the software set up...
Ah ok, so I don't need to go around setting up client side software or installing radius services?
not AFAIK... i've been re-installing my laptops all the time... i just tell them to use the wifi via windows config, add them to the domain and away they go...
Cool, sounds very easy.
Which supplier did you go to for that price?
There is some work involved in setting up a RADIUS server took me about 1/2 a day to get the server up and configured and linked to the bluesocket controller.
As far as APs are concerned they need no config at all just plug them in, let the controller find them, once found the controller will update them (firmware as well) and your up and running.
Laptops, we simply setup a wireless GPO and pushed all these out, setup a GPO to push out internal CA SSL cert out and all done.
Total time to get up an running 2 - 3 days
We have 3 SSIDs in place:
1 - Secure 802.1x/RADIUS/LDAP for teachers laptops
2 - Public access system allowing filtered web access only with a dedicated username and a password that changes daily
3 - WEP access for Smartphones (HTC TYTN II x 4)
Setting up Radius is not that hard and once its done its easy to maintain and make changes.
Step-by-step guide for setting up wireless using 802.1x with MS IAS server.
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