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Need simple wireless network management tool

by evgenek / January 24, 2006 10:41 PM PST

Hello,

I am a person who is responsible for system administration in medium size broker's company (approx. 80 employees)

We have a lot of workers and visitors with Wi-Fi notebooks who want to surf internet it all over the campus.
Currently we have something like a dozen of Access Points (several conference rooms, trading room, lobby etc.)

that were configured separately. We have separate network for those APs because I'm afraid of intruders equipped with wi-fi sniffers who can penetrate into our LAN.

One more thing that make life difficult is the fact we had to configure WEP with the same key-phrase so users can surf via any one of our AP's.
What I'd like to know - is there some kind of simple software that can help me to manage the wireless network easily, including managing access for limited time visitors.

Also I'd like to know who is currently connected, how many users surf via wireless etc. The program must be simple to install and use, since this is only a part of my duties and I don't want to waste my time dealing with over-sophisticated network management tools (that cost tons of money).

Thanks,

Evgenek Klein,
MNGD

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Just one problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2006 10:49 PM PST

To get there, you'll have to replace all the current WAPs for ones that work with software that does this.

Cisco has this feature. But my bet is that you may not be willing to pay for this.

Bob

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802.11 public sniffer protected
by alex.perman / January 24, 2006 11:01 PM PST
In reply to: Just one problem.

Hello, Evgenek,

You may want to try abGate solution to create <a href="http://www.abgate.com/">802.11 public sniffer protected</a> free or prepaid wireless network.
<a href="http://www.abgate.com/">abGate Server</a> allows you to create single secured wireless local area network in a corporate office.
abGate Server is reliable enterprise grade wireless software offering a rich
variety of the must features: reports, integrated firewall management, prepaid wireless internet , vouchers, captive portal with customized login page and etc.
You can download and try abGate software free (limited to 1 concurrent user).

Regards,
Alex Perelman

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How does this differ from FREE solutions?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2006 11:07 PM PST
http://nocat.net/ and a few others are noteworthy, open source and most of all FREE.

In closing, try to PREVIEW your posts to avoid odd looking html code. Also, note competitors to abgate so you don't look like you are hawking your product.

Bob

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