Fast Secure Roaming

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Sep 27th, 2007

Is it posible to configure fast secure roaming without using cckm authentication.

I have this problem too.
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rob.huffman Thu, 09/27/2007 - 14:53

Hi Kashif,

Here is how the WDS and CCKM relate to each other in terms of "Fast Secure Roaming";

Access points in many wireless LANs serve mobile client devices that roam from access point to access point throughout the installation. Some applications running on client devices require fast reassociation when they roam to a different access point. Voice applications, for example, require seamless roaming to prevent delays and gaps in conversation.

During normal operation, LEAP-enabled client devices mutually authenticate with a new access point by performing a complete LEAP authentication, including communication with the main RADIUS server

When you configure your wireless LAN for fast, secure roaming, however, LEAP-enabled client devices roam from one access point to another without involving the main server. Using Cisco Centralized Key Management (CCKM), a device configured to provide Wireless Domain Services (WDS) takes the place of the RADIUS server and authenticates the client so quickly that there is no perceptible delay in voice or other time-sensitive applications.

The WDS device maintains a cache of credentials for CCKM-capable client devices on your wireless LAN. When a CCKM-capable client roams from one access point to another, the client sends a reassociation request to the new access point, and the new access point relays the request to the WDS device. The WDS device forwards the client's credentials to the new access point, and the new access point sends the reassociation response to the client. Only two packets pass between the client and the new access point, greatly shortening the reassociation time. The client also uses the reassociation response to generate the unicast key.

Without CCKM, there is no caching of user credential in the WDS. This means that every time the client roams from one access point to another, a full authentication is needed with the RADIUS server. It is still a Layer 3

roaming, so the client keeps the IP address, but the roaming time is not guaranteed to be under 100 ms.

From this doc;

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/access_point/12.2_15_JA/configuration/guide/s15roamg.html

Hope this helps!

Rob

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