Corporate WiFi (hotspot), unified passwords (across Google Apps/WiFi/Etc)
Posted on 2013-10-04
Happy Friday all,
The primary reason for this EE Q is to address our challenge with WiFi security. We are a small start-up with a mix of Linux, Mac, and Windows 7 workstations, as well as hand held BYODs policy (iPhones and Android). We rely on a wired network as well, about 40% of our devices are connected to 2 WiFi routers.
The primary problem to solve is that we all share a single WiFi password... this is not good for security... and because we often have guests, we need to change this password on a regular basis (which makes this problem worse).
Ideally, we would like to have a unified password system (overall goal) - accessible from a central console. But at the moment (if it makes sense), we need to link our Google Apps passwords to our WiFi for authentication. This first priority would allow regular users to authenticate themselves using their current Google Apps password AND allow us to give limited-time passwords to guests that require access to the WiFi network.
Because we are a Microsoft Partner, we have access to entire Microsoft suite so, if necessary, we can build a Microsoft server with Active Directory or whatever is required. I mention this because sometimes the Linux solutions are not cross-platform compatible and whatever solution we use must not be limited to certain equipment.
We are willing to consider commercial solutions, as long as the solution involves only a one-time fee. Ideally though, we would like to accomplish this with the software and hardware we already have.
Hopefully, I have given enough information to properly illustrate our WiFi challenge.
Thank you so much for your tips, step-by-step solutions, or any wisdom you can offer.