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Funk Software Releases WiFi Secure Access Client With WPA2 Support

Funk Software has announced Odyssey Client v3.1, an upgrade to its secure 802.1X access client that includes support for the Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) standard. The software also adds support for the WLAN protocols EAP-FAST and EAP-SIM, and Microsoft machine credentials.

WPA2 offers the strongest available security, using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption plus faster roaming between access points. It is based on the final 802.11i standard, ratified by the IEEE this year. In addition to AES-based data security, WPA2 also permits 802.1X authentication in either ad-hoc mode or in traditional infrastructure networks, and accelerates re-authentication using key caching and pre-authentication techniques.

Odyssey Client offers multi-protocol support and compatibility in many environments, including on a secure enterprise WLAN, a wired 802.1X network, or at a public WLAN hotspot. It comes with pre-configuration tools designed to enable automated deployment across every wireless PC on a network.

It runs on Windows XP, 2000, 98, Me, and Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, and supports EAP-TTLS, EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-FAST, EAP-SIM, and LEAP authentication methods, and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), and dynamic WEP encryption protocols. A WPA2-compatible version of Odyssey Client was selected by the Wi-Fi Alliance for inclusion in their WPA2 certification test bed.

Odyssey Client v3.1 will be available in December 2004 for $50 per machine. Quantity discounts and private-label licensing are available.