6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 6, 2013 7:37 AM by nick

    BSC-600 and MAC devices

    st3jackson New Member

      I currently run 8 BSC-600 across multiple divisions with different ISP's. The wireless is to accomodate guest user logins for our courtrooms at each location. We have a generic login at each location that we hand out to general public users. In addition to this I have been manually adding MAC devices of our staff (ie. iPhones, Droids, iPads) to allow internet use at each location. This has worked great, but the issue I am starting to run into is management with traveling users. Example, If my MAC device is added in one location and I travel to another i must add it to that location as well. It's almost a full time job logging into each location to manage users. My question, Is is possible to create a profile of some sort on the iPhone to manually log into a BSC under a standard user account at each location? Could I eliminate the MAC devices altogether and have all devices use the same login at each location?  

        • Re: BSC-600 and MAC devices
          kennethfernandes Employee

          We would typically recommend 802.1X authentication for employee devices such as this. This would mean deploying a central RADIUS server that all the BSC's can talk to if you don't already have one in place. Most customers use NPS/IAS, Microsoft's RADIUS server component built into Windows Server 2008/2003. That would talk to AD as the user database. You could authenticate the devices using username and password (PEAP-MSCHAPv2) or certificates (EAP-TLS). Apple has tools available to create "profiles" for the devices. For example the iPhone Configuration Utility (ICU).

           

          I might also suggest you consider vWLAN. With vWLAN you could likely support all divisions on just 1 vWLAN Appliance (Hardware) and or Virtual Appliance (VMware).

            • Re: BSC-600 and MAC devices
              st3jackson New Member

              It would be difficult using a RADIUS server as each wireless network is seperate from our business network. Each location is connected to a centralized network, but the wireless is on a seperate backbone for protection.

               

              I like the idea of creating a profile with ICU, but i'm curious if you have had any luck with it.

                • Re: BSC-600 and MAC devices
                  kennethfernandes Employee

                  The BSC-600's have a shared admin/failover port. If you are not using failover, perhaps you could configure this as an admin port. Then you could connect that to your internal network and add a route to the radius server. You could then send employee radius traffic only out that to the corporate radius server while everything else goes out the protected interface. You could also setup a protected side vlan and do something similar logically rather than physically if you happen to already be using the shared port for failover.

                   

                  Many of our customers are using ICU to create profiles successfully. Many customers just email off the "profile" and the end user downloads via web mail to autmatically set up exchange mail, wireless, etc.

                • Re: BSC-600 and MAC devices
                  nick Employee

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