WDS and Access Point Authentication. How does it work ?

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Jul 17th, 2007
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Dear All,

APs can be authenticated through WDS against a Radius Server. But how can they authenticate without a username and a password in the Radius DB ? In the WDS settings there is nowhere a field where you can enter a username/pw of a user defined on the Radius Server !??

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Stephen Rodriguez Wed, 07/18/2007 - 07:09
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You do need to have an entry in the DB for the username password of the AP. If I remember correctly the entry on the client AP is made under, Wireless Services > AP, here you can define the WDS username the AP will send. Alternately, you can use the CLI command of:

wlccp ap username < name > password 0 < password >

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ciscoprolin Wed, 07/18/2007 - 12:04
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Dear colleague,

just one more question on this - how can it be that the AP gets authenticated anyway - even if I do not enter the username/password under Wireless Services --> AP (and not via the IOS CLI) ?




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