Hotspot and access point aggregated management software company Sputnik expands, updates its product line: The company specializes in providing a centralized console that allows management and reporting across a network of Wi-Fi access points, whether for academia, hotspot networks, hotzones, or companies.
Sputnik Server 110 is a 1U rack-mounted server pre-loaded with 10 AP licenses and the Control Center software for $2,699; additional licenses can be purchased. The company's new AP 210 ($279) has a 285 milliwatt transceiver and the 260 ($399) has two such radios. They're designed for extended coverage, and can handle, the company says, point-to-point links of up to two miles. They have the nice feature of keeping traffic isolated, so that users on the network can't turn on promiscuous mode to examine other users' data.
They also released a Linksys WRT54GL firmware image which allows the new Linux-based model (an old model renumbered and sold at a higher price) to run the Sputnik Agent software. The firmware works on older WRT54Gs and all models of WRT54GS. They'll sell you preflashed WRT54GLs for $99 and WRT54GSs for $109.