The automatic connection feature, which was introduced in the 6.4 release, intelligently detects the best available access method
based upon a user-defined configuration. For instance, when you configure the Client for a high-speed automatic connection,
the Client will attempt to connect over broadband first. If broadband is not available, a Wi-Fi connection is attempted,
then cellular, and finally dial. A single click of the connect button will try each of the different types of connections
in a single sequence without any user intervention required.
Should you want more details for each item in the connection sequence, the Client provides "flyover" tool tips.
Additionally, in the 6.5 release, details regarding Wi-Fi access points are available for you to view.
You may also initiate a connection directly from the window by clicking on the "Go" button associated with the access point you choose.
Single Click Wireless Access
Remote and mobile workers can now use the AGN Client to access wireless WAN technologies that provide
high-speed data connections through the same interface that they are familiar with for other access technologies.
The Client automatically detects all Wi-Fi and cellular data networks that are in range,
including public hotspots. Once a wireless network is selected, the user's network card is automatically
configured with the proper connection settings. This dynamic discovery and configuration, in combination
with the Automatic Connection, enable "single click" access to the Internet or to your corporate
Global Wi-Fi Coverage
With the AGN Client, users are provided access to more than 30,000 Ethernet and Wi-Fi hotspots in 55 countries.
These hotspots are generally located in hotels, airports, and convention centers.
Included in the count are over 4,000 hotspots owned and operated by AT&T. The most recent enhancements
to the Wi-Fi access capability available in the AGN Client include:
- the ability to connect to WeRoam Wi-Fi access points,
- the integration of AT&T Wi-Fi (formerly SBC Freedomlink) hotspots, and
- the ability to connect to:
- third-party Wi-Fi access points as part of an automatic connection.
- preferred Wi-Fi access points that require CHAP authentication.
- limited-access private Wi-Fi access points (for custom kit only).
- non-preferred AT&T Wi-Fi hot-spots (manually via browser).
- a selected Wi-Fi access point even when the SSID cannot be detected in the area.
Multi-carrier cellular access
Wireless (cellular) access is a feature of AT&T's Remote Access Service that enables the use of various
wireless networks and PC cellular cards to operate with AT&T Global Network Client (version 6.4 or higher)
to access the Internet or your corporate (private) network. The supported options available today for
domestic access are:
Additionally, various wireless data carriers and cards are supported in Japan and 7 countries in EMEA.
- Cingular with the Sierra Wireless 775 and 860 cards,
- Sprint with the Novatel C201 Merlin and Novatel s620 cards, and
- Verizon with the Audiovox 5220 PC and Novatel v620 cards.
Lightweight Policy Enforcement (LPE)
LPE is a lightweight, no-cost subset of the configuration enforcement features available in the
AT&T Managed Personal Firewall Service. It does not provide all of the features of the MPF service.
For instance, it does not include central policy management, real-time updates, application discovery mode,
central logging, central reporting, or monitoring of ad hoc programs. However, LPE monitors a number of
popular anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware programs before and after connecting. Rules can be configured
to simply warn the user, disconnect the user from the network, or download DAT file updates to the user's PC.
With version 6.5 (and higher) of the AGN Client, users are provided with status indicators
in the connected window to show the active state of the VPN, firewall, security, and Client software updates.