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May 10th, 2007

Hi all, can anyone give me a quick explanation of what 802.1x is, how it works, and what i need, in the easiest way possible?



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Amit Singh Thu, 05/10/2007 - 00:39

Hi Carl,

802.1X is a client-server-based access control and authentication protocol that prevents clients from connecting to a LAN through publicly accessible ports unless they are authenticated. The authentication server authenticates each client connected to a switch port before making available any services offered by the switch or the LAN.

You need a Switch which supports 802.1x (All Cisco switches support that ), Cisco ACS AAA Server, 802.1X client supplicant on the host PC.

-amit singh

carl_townshend Thu, 05/10/2007 - 04:10

what kind of client supplicant do you mean here? and do they generally use certificates ?

Jagdeep Gambhir Thu, 05/10/2007 - 12:50

Suplicant in raw terms is your windows network card. That should have dot1x feature. Yes you would need a server certificate on Radius server.


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