Encryption options on a Lobby Ambassador implementation

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Nov 23rd, 2007

Hi all,

I'm in the middle of configuring a guest wireless network using the lobby ambassador feature. I have things up and running using Open Encryption at L2 and WebAuth at L3 - The Controller doesn't like any L2 security that I try to add and I'm uneasy at just using WebAuth, has anyone implemented something similar? Were you able to add any kind of encryption?

Thanks,

Denis

I have this problem too.
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Richard Atkin Fri, 11/23/2007 - 09:58

By it's very nature, the WebAuth feature will not allow any encryption. This is a feature very much like a hot-spot that you'd see in a coffee shop. In order to allow any user to access the authentication splash page, the WLAN has to be completely open.

If security is required, then it really has to come from higher layers of the stack (ie, IPSEC, HTTPS, SSH, etc).

So to answer your question, yes I have implemented a number of Web Auth WLANs, and no, it is absolutely not possible to implement any kind of encryption on the WLAN.

Hope this helps!

Richard.

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