What is 802.1x?
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What is 802.1x?
Solution: 802.1x is an IEEE industry-wide standard for wireless networks. 802.1x is different than 802.11 (which is popularly known as Wi-Fi). See details below.

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802.1x is an IEEE industry-wide standard for wireless networks. 802.1x is different than 802.11 (which is popularly known as Wi-Fi).

The 802.1x standard offers an effective framework for authenticating and controlling user traffic to a protected network. 802.1x allows wireless services to have centralized authentication of wireless users or stations. 802.1x ties a protocol called Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) to the wireless local area network (WLAN) media.

MU-WIRELESS provides convenience and mobility, but it also poses security challenges. Security for 802.11 networks can be broken down into three components: the authentication framework, the authentication algorithm and data frame encryption. This solution focuses on the authentication framework.

How does Miami use 802.1x?

Miami University uses 802.1x on the network to better protect clients from security breaches. Since wireless traffic is sent into the air, it is easy for someone to intercept the traffic; 802.1x encrypts this traffic so that it is more difficult to translate your data. Encrypted traffic may still be intercepted, but it cannot be easily decoded.

Anyone with a Miami account can use 802.1x; however, there are restrictions on client technology because of the new technology that is implemented:

  1. IT Services supports the following Operating Systems with 802.1x:
    1. Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    2. Macintosh Mac OS 10.4.1 (Tiger) or later.

  2. Miami's implementation of 802.1x technology requires a wireless network card that supports Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). WPA requires Cisco's version 2 compliance.

NOTE: You should be able to see MU-WIRELESS in your available wireless network list. If you can't see MU-WIRELESS, configure your wireless settings to use MU-WIRELESS (802.1x) service. See Related Items below.

If you have questions about wireless services at Miami, please contact the Support Desk at (513) 529-7900 or ithelp@miamioh.edu.

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Keywords: 90630 wireless, connect, wireless FAQ, wireless security, mu wireless security, 802.1x, VPN, 802.11, 802.11b, 802.11g, Wifi, Wi-Fi, muwireless

Applies To: MU-WIRELESS


Solution ID: 040972654090630@kpol17 Last Modified Date: 03/26/2014 03:52:58 PM


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