I'm extremely proud to herald the launch of Sputnik's newest product set, Sputnik Central Control 2.2 and the award-winning AP 120 WiFi Access Point. These products have made it to the light of day after thousands of man-hours of testing and real-world use, bugs and bug-fixes, dozens of deployments, new feature enhancements, and hundreds of hours spent listening and working with customers and partners.These products make it easy for Wireless ISPs, Hotspot operators, and IT Services companies to roll out managed, authenticated wireless access. At $185 per AP, the Sputnik AP 120 (buy) is one half to one fifth the price of wireless Access Points with equivalent features. The Access Point is completely managable centrally - everything from initial provisioning to ongoing maintenance and firmware upgrades, can be done centrally. Sputnik Central Control (buy) acts as the centralized management console, and the $895 price includes a software license to manage up to 20 Access Points. Additional licensing packs are available as well. Add it all up, and the complete Sputnik system is at least one half to one tenth the price of similar solutions. Sputnik even offers completely free licensing for community wireless groups - making it easy to start and manage a community wireless network. Here's what some customers are saying:
Chad M. Smith of Washington Broadband, Inc: I want to thank you for your support and providing such an excellent solution. We have researched for months for a solution like yours. I have even attempted developing our own with little success. Since the database and cgi is "open" we will have no problems integrating Sputnik into our billing system. We will definitely be purchasing your products in the short term.
Craig Fine, director of sales for Softmatrix: It would have been really difficult without Sputnik because there's not really a solution that lets you manage multiple hot spots with one server.
How do they do that?
Here's the scoop: Sputnik Central Control and the AP120 were built from the ground up with the conviction that you could have commodity hardware pricing and enterprise-class management. And because Sputnik built itself up organically, without Venture Capitalist funding, we are able to offer the products at a radically lower price point than our competitors. Everyone said "It can't be done." But we put our heads together and came up with a completely different approach from everyone else in the industry - and we have happy customers who are using the system every day. Here's what the architecture looks like: Don't just take my word for it - LinuxDevices took a thorough look at the system, and came away impressed:
The Sputnik Agent provides all of the manageability hooks that enable automatic configuration, dynamic firewalling, multiple captive portal redirects, policy routing, centralized management, and end-user tracking.
With Sputnik's server software and access points (APs) that include Sputnik edge software, operators get centralized network management functions with usage analysis, security, AP provisioning, and an end user interface.
All this adds up to secure, managed wireless networking with lower capital costs, lower operating costs and greater flexibility than any alternative. See how people are using Sputnik technology in a variety of situations, like WISPs and Hot Spot Providers. Sputnik is talking with select VARs and System Integrators. If you're interested in reselling the Sputnik system, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you'd better hurry - we're getting overwhelmed with requests. I'm incredibly honored to have worked with the talented team of industry veterans at Sputnik. Everyone has worked their butts off to create a system built around user requests - an inexpensive, centrally managed, plug-and-play Wi-Fi system that provides group policy and access control - and one that could be plugged directly into a corporate LAN - no need for special VLANs or convoluted network architecture, just a dynamic firewall at each ingress/egress point in your network, all acting in unison, as part of a "hive mind".