Security vs. ease of use

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Gregg Hill, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest

    Hello!

    I want to have a wireless access point that is secured by WPA, yet easy for
    laptop users to connect to without having to enter confusing WPA keys or
    SSID numbers. The goal would be to have a hot-spot where the secured
    connection is available to many users via some sort of login screen where
    all they enter is a user name and password they have been given.

    Is there a way to do that and have the laptop get the proper settings
    automatically?

    Thank you for any help you can give!

    Gregg
     
    Gregg Hill, Apr 24, 2005
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  2. You might look at this page for one possible free solution...There may be others...

    http://www.publicip.net/

    I have never used this, but it may be a good starting point...

    --

    Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)

    Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual benefit of all of us...
    The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights...


    "Gregg Hill" <> wrote in message news:...
    > Hello!
    >
    > I want to have a wireless access point that is secured by WPA, yet easy for laptop users to
    > connect to without having to enter confusing WPA keys or SSID numbers. The goal would be to have a
    > hot-spot where the secured connection is available to many users via some sort of login screen
    > where all they enter is a user name and password they have been given.
    >
    > Is there a way to do that and have the laptop get the proper settings automatically?
    >
    > Thank you for any help you can give!
    >
    > Gregg
    >
     
    Sooner Al [MVP], Apr 24, 2005
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  3. Gregg Hill

    Jack \(MVP\) Guest

    Hi

    There are varieties of solutions and it depends on what you would like to protect, your
    environment, etc.

    As an example if your concern is only your Network you can create a segregate Wireless
    for casual users and leave the Wireless Unencrypted. http://www.ezlan.net/shield.html

    Or ,you can use Win2003 and IAS (Radius) for total control.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/12f5422b-1
    db2-4a7d-9484-f56cccfd2338.mspx

    Or, you can try the concoction that is described in AL’s Link which seems to offer a
    very elaborate solution.





    "Sooner Al [MVP]" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > You might look at this page for one possible free solution...There may be others...
    >
    > http://www.publicip.net/
    >
    > I have never used this, but it may be a good starting point...
    >
    > --
    >
    > Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
    >
    > Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual benefit of

    all of us...
    > The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights...
    >
    >
    > "Gregg Hill" <> wrote in message

    news:...
    > > Hello!
    > >
    > > I want to have a wireless access point that is secured by WPA, yet easy for laptop

    users to
    > > connect to without having to enter confusing WPA keys or SSID numbers. The goal

    would be to have a
    > > hot-spot where the secured connection is available to many users via some sort of

    login screen
    > > where all they enter is a user name and password they have been given.
    > >
    > > Is there a way to do that and have the laptop get the proper settings automatically?
    > >
    > > Thank you for any help you can give!
    > >
    > > Gregg
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Jack \(MVP\), Apr 24, 2005
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  4. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest

    Jack,

    Would the RADIUS solution allow for automatically setting up encryption of
    the connection after authenticating a user?

    Gregg Hill


    "Jack (MVP)" <Jack(MVP)@discussions.microsoft.com.> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi
    >
    > There are varieties of solutions and it depends on what you would like to
    > protect, your
    > environment, etc.
    >
    > As an example if your concern is only your Network you can create a
    > segregate Wireless
    > for casual users and leave the Wireless Unencrypted.
    > http://www.ezlan.net/shield.html
    >
    > Or ,you can use Win2003 and IAS (Radius) for total control.
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/12f5422b-1
    > db2-4a7d-9484-f56cccfd2338.mspx
    >
    > Or, you can try the concoction that is described in AL’s Link which seems
    > to offer a
    > very elaborate solution.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Sooner Al [MVP]" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> You might look at this page for one possible free solution...There may be
    >> others...
    >>
    >> http://www.publicip.net/
    >>
    >> I have never used this, but it may be a good starting point...
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
    >>
    >> Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the mutual
    >> benefit of

    > all of us...
    >> The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    >> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    >> rights...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Gregg Hill" <> wrote in message

    > news:...
    >> > Hello!
    >> >
    >> > I want to have a wireless access point that is secured by WPA, yet easy
    >> > for laptop

    > users to
    >> > connect to without having to enter confusing WPA keys or SSID numbers.
    >> > The goal

    > would be to have a
    >> > hot-spot where the secured connection is available to many users via
    >> > some sort of

    > login screen
    >> > where all they enter is a user name and password they have been given.
    >> >
    >> > Is there a way to do that and have the laptop get the proper settings
    >> > automatically?
    >> >
    >> > Thank you for any help you can give!
    >> >
    >> > Gregg
    >> >

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
    Gregg Hill, Apr 28, 2005
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