@igrr has pushed this scenario on several posts and it seems that at least a few have been successful, but it hinges on using the v2 of the SDK. @igrr solution also posted solution to utilize it (https://github.com/esp8266/Arduino#using-git-version) seems to my noob eyes to be Linux based, cloning a forked git release and then manually recompiling with Python and then, as mentioned here (https://github.com/esp8266/Arduino/issues/1032) you have to manually edit a compiled file.
There also seems to be some dropped hints that on Windows the tools are located in a different path (%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\esp8266) and may require modifications to the make file or moving of files post compile... just a bit too green to get it all straightened out.
Wondering if someone has a better set of steps recorded to get the v2 SDK loaded/usable via the Arduino IDE on a Windows system.
... or if there is an alternative Arduino chip I should be looking at that supports WPA-2 Ent. on officially supported code release.