Sputnik Delivers Smart 802.11g Access Point and Pre-Paid Card Support to Wi-Fi Hotspot Providers

Wednesday 10 March 2004 15:23 CET | News

Sputnik has released a smart, low-cost 54 Mbps wireless access point designed for centralized management, and new software that enables hotspots to offer customers pre-paid cards for network access.

The new Sputnik AP 160 is a low-cost 802.11g wireless access point that offers increased bandwidth over 802.11b-compliant equipment, allowing providers of wireless hotspots to support more users on each device. The Sputnik AP 160 includes Sputnik Agent software, enabling it to provision itself, authenticate and track end users, and participate in a centrally managed wireless network. The AP 160 includes a four-port 10/100 Base-T router (wired LAN) for configuration flexibility. Because both the wireless and wired LAN ports on the AP 160 can be managed remotely, the device offers functionality similar to public access gateways that sell for several times its price. Hotspot providers can use the AP 160 to extend their managed wireless network with third-party wireless access points, or to control access to the wired LAN. End users who associate with a third-party access point or join a network connected to a Sputnik AP 160 are authenticated and tracked by Sputnik Control Center server software. The Sputnik AP 160 has an industry-standard external antenna that can replaced with a higher-gain or directional antenna for outdoor use or range-extended installations. Support for Pre-Paid Cards The Sputnik Plug-In for Pre-Paid Cards, is a software that extends a hotspot providers business flexibility through support for pre-paid cards, coupons, or codes that give users time-limited access to the wireless network. Similar to phone cards, pre-paid cards are a popular business model for hotspots in cafes. Price and Delivery The Sputnik AP 160 is available immediately at $185 for a single unit, in both North American and European configurations. A Starter Kit consisting of two AP 160s and Sputnik Control Center server software (version 2.4) is $495. Introductory pricing for the Sputnik Plug-In for Pre-Paid Cards is $195 per server.

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