updated 06:30 pm EDT, Mon May 23, 2005
Corriente Elektron 1.1
Corriente Networks today released , the latest version of its software for securing small business Wi-Fi networks. The software brings easy to use, enterprise-level Wi-Fi security to businesses without a full time IT staff. The new release adds support for the latest Mac OS X release, additional user authentication options, and simplified server administration. Billed as an enterprise class Wi-Fi security solution, Elektron provides RADIUS authentication services to WPA Enterprise capable wireless access points, including hardware from Apple, Linksys, D-Link, Cisco, and Netgear. The $300 software solution is available for Mac OS X 10.2/10.3, but requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or WinXP-based clients.
This release adds the ability to administer the Elektron server from a remote workstation, configuration of additional security parameters, and the ability to authenticate wireless users based on the MAC address of their laptop. This last feature has proven a boon to K-12 users and other organizations with basic Wi-Fi security needs but without the means to upgrade all users to recent Wi-Fi hardware.
For Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" users, Elektron 1.1 includes Automator actions that simplify common server administration tasks. The actions provided include the ability to import and add user accounts, and to backup and restore the Elektron server database.
Elektron contains support for the latest Wi-Fi security standards, including PEAP and TTLS. It is compatible with the Wi-Fi client software built into Mac OS X 10.3 and later and Windows XP. According to the company, additional software is not necessary for clients using either of these platforms.
Elektron 1.1 is available for $300 for Windows 2000/XP/2003 and Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher; it is licensed on a per-server basis, with support for an unlimited number of clients. Owners of previous versions of Elektron may upgrade to Elektron 1.1 at no charge.