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MAC OS X Control WIFI

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Several of my users are using MacBook pro's.  Is there any way to administratively control which SSID's the airport can and cannot connect to?
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What model access point are you using?
In the past I used a wireless access controller to control client connections.
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I dont want to perform the restrictions on the access point.  I am aware of MAC lock down and radius options.

Basically, my employees can hop onto the train station free wireless because our office is that close.  Once on the free WIFI they do things they are not supposed to be doing.

So, is there a way i can set the MAC to only connect to specific SSID's?
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I see. You might be looking at using a mac server with workstation manager. It's going to take some planning and testing but here is a link to get you started.

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH8002

Perhaps there are 3rd party tools for this I hope. Anyone else please chime in.
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by:schaps
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to clarify, do you only want to restrict the Macs from connecting to that nearby open AP, or to any AP's other than yours, i.e. do they take the laptops home?

For example, you can easily put in the desired SSID and set the computer to require admin access to change wireless networks, but that would not allow them to connect to their home networks.  There are also scripts to remove "remembered" networks" administratively during the day, but you might be looking at a combination of methods to achieve the results.
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