NAC with NON-cisco wireless

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Sep 14th, 2009
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Hi there,

I know that with WLC 5.1 and NAC 4.5 Cisco started to support OOB, NAC implementation. Now here is my question:

A customer has CISCO environment except for the wireless which is another vendor. What are the options to bring wireless traffic into NAC server? Is OOB deployment possible?



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Faisal Sehbai Mon, 09/14/2009 - 16:53
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OOB is only supported with Cisco hardware.



rdianat Mon, 09/14/2009 - 17:31
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Thanks for your reply Faisal. So what is the best way to connect remote wireless sites to the central NAC.

Remote sites are running non-cisco wireless in autonomous mode. Clients still come to central site for internet access. So is the InBand, L3, bridge mode a correct solution? Any different way we can do it?

rdianat Mon, 09/14/2009 - 18:10
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So what is the solution for this scenario?

remote site has non-cisco autonomous wireless AP. NAC is centralized. I can not use OOB since there is no support for non-cisco AP in OOB mode. As a result I use InBand mode. This means that local wireless trffic in remote site must travel to central site, go through NAC Server and go back to remote site. Is this correct?

Faisal Sehbai Tue, 09/15/2009 - 03:29
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Yes, in order for the traffic to be in-band, it will have to traverse the NAC. You might want to look at the NME modules also as an option. They are designed for small offices and remote locations and act as a CAS.


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