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I have an Ethernet connection that requires 802.1x authentication (TTLS, MSCHAPv2, name+password).

My goal is to connect that to something that would then act as an WiFi AP, so I can use the connection on more devices (iPhone, notebook, etc.)

Would it be possible/good idea to use Raspberry Pi for this purpose? Or are there better-suited devices to do this?

EDIT: found some alternatives but because of low rep can't post more than two links...

EDIT 2: probably going to try TP-LINK TL-WR740N. It's a classic router, but can be flashed with OpenWRT, and the price beats everything else I've seen.

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Why are you asking this here? As far as professional systems administration goes, no, no you don't want to try using a Raspberry Pi for this purpose. A better suited device would be a business or enterprise class AP from a vendor such as Cisco. If this is more of a hobbyist question or a hacking project, that sounds pretty interesting, but this isn't the right place for that kind of question. –  HopelessN00b Jun 29 '12 at 15:12
    
Yes, it's hobbyist question. What's the right StackExchange site to post this then? –  Martin Janiczek Jun 29 '12 at 15:15
    
Aha, SuperUser.com. Thanks for the migration! –  Martin Janiczek Jun 29 '12 at 15:27
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The problem is that 802.1x clients need to know the date and time... think certificates. PCs and smartphones have realtime clocks so they have no problem authenticating, but the Raspberry Pi and the home broadband routers I've seen don't have RTCs. You can't even do an NTP query in the device's boot script (before 802.1x'ing) unless there's a time server on your side. That shouldn't stop you though.

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