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Announcing Sputnik-Powered Ubiquiti Unifi AC Long Range

Customers love Ubiquiti access points. Sputnik-powered firmware and SputnikNet service turns them into cloud-managed, access-controlled Internet gateways ideal for hotspot networks.

We just added the Ubiquiti Unifi AC Long-Range Wi-Fi device to our lineup. This unobtrusive smoke-detector style device packs enormous Wi-Fi AC power into a small, affordable form factor. At $149.95 the device is comparable to Wi-Fi routers costing many times that much.

As with all devices sold by Sputnik, we pre-flash them with Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware, purchase DD-WRT Professional Activation (a €20 value), pre-provision it to your SputnikNet account. We also run the router through a hands-on test cycle to ensure it operates properly in your account.

That means all you need to do is plug it into Internet and you have a cloud-managed captive-portal Wi-Fi hotspot.

To celebrate we lowered the price of the Sputnik-Powered Ubiquiti Unifi Long-Range to $119.95. This device is great for slightly smaller networks where Wi-Fi AC isn't needed.

Introducing the Sputnik 320: Powerful, Flexible Indoor-Outdoor Wi-Fi Hotspots

Want to offer Wi-Fi in a hotel? A hotspot in a school? Wireless broadband in a train station, regional airport or other transportation hub? Or any public gathering spot where you want the flexibility of being able to place your Wi-Fi access points indoors or outdoors?
Here's our solution: the Sputnik 320, a rugged, high-powered indoor/outdoor 802.11N Wi-Fi access point that is also a cloud-managed hotspot-in-a-box solution.
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And here's how we make them. First, we take the 802.11 a/b/g/n router board from a Cisco e2000. This is a powerful, brilliantly engineered Wi-Fi router that includes a high-performance Broadcom BCM4717 processor running at 354 MHz.
We lovingly enclose the board in a rugged, weatherproof indoor/outdoor enclosure. Now the e2000 can go outside and play, even in the most demanding climates. Yes, even Canada.
We add a 7 dBi omnidirectional antenna with 5 degree downtilt and a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) adapter. This gives you great coverage and the flexibility to place the device anywhere you want.
We flash the board with Sputnik-Powered DD=WRT firmware. This makes the Sputnik 320 ready to plug-and-play into a centrally managed hotspot network. It also gives you the ability to increase the device's power up to 251 mW, giving you a strong, clear signal that can penetrate walls, foliage and other obstacles.
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We pre-provision the device to your SputnikNet account, so that when you receive it, all you need to do is supply power and broadband-- the device comes up automatically with all of its settings - power output, channel, SSID, captive portal, authentication systems, network policies and more. We also pre-test the device on your SputnikNet account before it ships.
With SputnikNet, the Sputnik 320 is a superb, easy-to-manage solution for free Wi-Fi, advertising-supported Wi-Fi, or paid Wi-Fi (you set your own rate plans and keep all the money - Sputnik doesn't take a cut). You can manage one or thousands of Sputnik 320s (and we would really like it if you'd do that) from a simple Web interface, from anywhere in the world.
All of this for $249.95 from our online store. You can also purchase the Sputnik 320 as a starter kit with a SputnikNet Account and pre-paid monthly or annual subscription at a discount .
The Sputnik 320 is already in service in hotels, convenience stores and other businesses, and is proving to be a dependable, powerful and affordable Wi-Fi hotspot controller.
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Running Cisco E2000 and E3000 at 400 mW transmit power

Sputnik-Powered Linksys/Cisco E2000s and E3000s using free Sputnik-default DD-WRT firmware (available here) are factory set to a transmit power of 100 mW.

But under most conditions you can safely and stably run these devices at 251 mW by increasing the power setting from within the device's local web interface or via SputnikNet. NOTE: this translates to an EIRP of 400 mW when taking into account antenna gain.*

To do this safely you'll need Sputnik-default DD-WRT firmware and a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Supply/Inserter with input 90-264VAC, Output 12V.

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We sell such a PoE supply/inserter on our online store, here .

Here's how to make the 251 mW / 400 mW EIRP setting.

From SputnikNet choose "Config/Routers", select the router whose power you want to change, enter the value in the "Power" field and click "Save Settings".

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From the local DD-WRT interface select "Wireless/Advanced Settings", enter the value in "TX Power", click "Save" and then "Apply Settings". (Note: you won't be allowed to make this setting unless you're running Sputnik-default DD-WRT firmware and your device is capable of running at that transmit power.)

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Important: use this setting with care. You can harm a device by running it at too high of a transmit power setting. If the device appears hot, you may want to throttle back. However, taking the proper precautions, 251 mW can work great with Sputnik-powered Linksys/Cisco E2000s and E3000s.

*251 mW is equivalent to 24 dBm. With 2 dBi gain antennas, that equates to 26 dBm. Converting 26 dBm back to mW (as the decibel scale is logarithmic) yields 398 mW.

Sputnik-Powered Cisco E3200 now available

Doesn’t seem that long ago that we started offering the Sputnik-Powered Cisco/Linksys E3000. The model has been a great seller for Sputnik. The combination of dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless performance, fast throughput, Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco build quality and DD-WRT firmware have enabled it to handle busy hotspots without breaking a sweat. Add SputnikNet cloud-based network and subscriber management, and you have a carrier-class managed hotspot solution at an affordable price.

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As good as the E3000s was, it wasn’t enough for Cisco. They’ve done a tremendous job updating the device, now branded the Cisco/Linksys E3200. They’ve packed all of the E3000’s features into Cisco’s updated industrial design, making it fit well into any professional environment. The Cisco E3200’s enhanced MIMO antenna array boosts signal strength to provide exceptional coverage and reliability at up to 300 + 300 Mbps speed.

We now have Sputnik-default DD-WRT firmware available for the Cisco E3200, and are selling the device pre-flashed and pre-provisioned to your [SputnikNet account])http://www.sputnik.com/products/sputniknet.html) in the Sputnik online store.

Purchase the Sputnik-Powered Cisco E3200 for $149.95 in our online store.

One more thing. It has a USB port. And yes… we have plans for that. So close… !

Sputnik Announces New Cloud-Managed Outdoor Wi-Fi Access Point 
and Network Gateway

Devices Offer Superior Wi-Fi Coverage for Large Wi-Fi Networks, and Management for High-Traffic Networks
San Francisco - October 20, 2011 - Sputnik, a leading provider of cloud applications for managing Wi-Fi networks, today announced two new hardware models: the Sputnik 320 outdoor Wi-Fi access point, and Sputnik 750 managed network gateway.
Sputnik 320
The Sputnik 320 is a high-powered, rugged, cloud-managed indoor/outdoor 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless access point built for maximum range, flexibility, and performance. The Sputnik 320 embeds a Cisco e2000 router board running Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware into a weatherproof, die-cast aluminum enclosure with a 7 dBi, 5 degree electronic downtilt omnidirectional antenna and PoE injector.
The Sputnik 320 is designed for flexible deployment in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor venues. The powerful long-range antenna enables the Sputnik 320 to be mounted overhead, against a wall, even locked in an equipment closet-- while still offering excellent coverage over a wide area.
Sputnik 750
The Sputnik 750 is a high-performance cloud-managed network gateway. Existing wired and wireless network traffic is routed through the Sputnik 750 for authentication, management and reporting. Powered by the Intel Atom Z530 CPU running at 1.6 GHz, with 1 gigabyte of RAM, and running Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware, the Sputnik 750 is capable of authenticating and managing the busiest networks with ease. But it is not much bigger than a deck of cards.
The Sputnik 750 is ideal for large, high-traffic networks in hotels, multi-tenant dwellings, exhibit halls, conference centers, transportation facilities, campus environments, RV parks, stadiums, theaters, shopping malls
Cloud-Based Network Management with SputnikNet
As with all Sputnik-powered devices, the Sputnik 320 and Sputnik 750 are designed for remote management using SputnikNet.
SputnikNet enables:
  • plug-and-play provisioning
  • remote management of one or thousands of Wi-Fi access points through a simple web interface
  • beautiful captive portal design
  • multiple authentication methods for free, advertising-supported, or paid WI-Fi
  • flexible network policies and bandwidth control over subscribers, routers, and applications
  • detailed reports and real-time alerts
"The Sputnik 320 offers astounding Wi-Fi coverage," said David LaDuke, CEO Sputnik, Inc. "At Sputnik's office in San Francisco, we're seeing its Wi-Fi bubble cover nearly a full city block. The Sputnik 750 can authenticate, manage and track over 100 simultaneous users without breaking a sweat. These powerful new hardware devices will help our customers take Wi-Fi deployments to the next level."
Pricing and availability
The Sputnik 320 is $249.95. The Sputnik 750 is $459.95, with an optional heatsink for an $18.95. Both products are available in starter kits that bundle pre-paid monthly or annual SputnikNet subscriptions at a discount, and can be purchased from the Sputnik Online Store at http://store.sputnik.com.
After a one-time $49.95 account setup fee, SputnikNet is $19.95/month, or $199.50/year, per managed router. Volume discounts kick in automatically as providers add managed Wi-Fi devices to their networks. The Sputnik 750 requires a Sputnik Pro subscription at $49.95/month or $499.50/year, with volume discounts available. Providers can sign up for SputnikNet at Sputnik's online store.
About Sputnik, Inc. (http://www.sputnik.com)
Sputnik Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based software that enables ISPs and wireless service providers to build custom-branded, access-controlled Wi-Fi services and manage them over the Internet. Sputnik's remote network and subscriber management features allow cost-effective operation in locations without onsite technical support. The company's easy-to-use, flexible software supports a wide range of businesses, service providers, and educational institutions, and has been adopted by customers in more than 100 countries around the world. The company is based in Sausilito, California.

Announcing the Sputnik-Powered Cisco E2500

We’ve recently completed porting Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware for the Cisco/Linksys E2500.

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The Cisco E2500 combines powerful performance with professional industrial design at an affordable price. For less than $100, you can get the Cisco E2500 pre-flashed with Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware, pre-provisioned to your SputnikNet account.
The Sputnik-Powered Cisco E2500 offers:
  • Simultaneous dual-band 802.11b/g/n (the device’s 802.11a band is not yet supported in DD-WRT firmware)
  • Four 10/100 LAN ports
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE adapter available separately)
  • Over 400 mW EIRP when used in conjunction with the PoE adapter
  • Cloud management by SputnikNet for plug-n-play provisioning, remote control over device and network settings, captive portal authentication, session management, per-user bandwidth control, tracking and reporting
Pricing and Availability
The Sputnik-Powered Cisco E2500 is now available from the Sputnik online store at http://store.sputnik.com in the following configurations:
  • Sputnik-Powered E2500: $99.95
  • Sputnik-Powered E2500 with SputnikNet Account and pre-paid monthly subscription: $139.95 (a savings of 18%)
  • Sputnik-Powered E2500 with SputnikNet Account and pre-paid annual subscription: $214.95 (a savings of 38%)

Announcing Sputnik-Powered Cisco E900 and E1550

The march toward total Sputnik support for Cisco/Broadcom routers continues! We’ve recently completed porting Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware for the Cisco/Linksys E900, E1200, E1500 and E1550 routers.
The Cisco/Linksys E900 and E1550 are now available in Sputnik’s online store. Updated firmware with Sputnik defaults will be available soon from our downloads page.
Here’s a comparison chart of the routers we now sell.
We’re incredibly excited about these new devices. All of them are great routers for hotspot networks. They also make great range extenders whether in a mesh, WDS or wired network. They all use Cisco’s elegant new industrial design, can be PoE'ed for ease of placement and sustained high-power output, and cloud-managed by Sputnik.

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The Cisco E900 is small and amazingly affordable. For $54.95 you can get the Cisco E900 pre-flashed with Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware, pre-provisioned to your SputnikNet account.
The Sputnik-Powered Cisco E900 offers:
  • small-footprint design (it’s actually about half the size of the other E-series routers)
  • 802.11b/g/n networking
  • Four 10/100 LAN ports
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE adapter available separately)
  • Over 400 mW EIRP when used in conjunction with the PoE adapter
  • Cloud management by SputnikNet for plug-n-play provisioning, remote control over device and network settings, captive portal authentication, session management, per-user bandwidth control, tracking and reporting
  • Captive portal authentication of ~25 simultaneous end users, for a small hotspot
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The Cisco E1550 is a high-performance mid-level router with USB.
The Sputnik-Powered Cisco E1550 offers:
  • 802.11b/g/n networking
  • Four 10/100 LAN ports
  • One USB port
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE adapter available separately)
  • Over 400 mW EIRP when used in conjunction with the PoE adapter
  • Cloud management by SputnikNet for all the benefits noted above
  • Captive portal authentication of ~35 simultaneous end users, for a medium-sized hotspot
Pricing and Availability
The Sputnik-Powered Cisco e900 and E1550 are now available from the Sputnik online store at http://store.sputnik.com, in the following configurations:
  • Sputnik-Powered E900: $54.95
  • Sputnik-Powered E900 with SputnikNet Account and pre-paid monthly subscription: $99.95 (a savings of 20%)
  • Sputnik-Powered E900 with SputnikNet Account and pre-paid annual subscription: $179.95 (a savings of 41%)
  • Sputnik-Powered E1550: $89.95
  • Sputnik-Powered E1550 with SputnikNet Account and pre-paid monthly subscription: $119.95 (a savings of 25%)
  • Sputnik-Powered E1550 with SputnikNet Account and pre-paid annual subscription: $199.95 (a savings of 41%)