6 Open Source Projects for 802.1X Network Authentication
Sep 20, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)
"The 802.1X authentication protocol plays a major role in Wi-Fi
security of business networks. It enables the Enterprise flavor of
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) encryption for wireless
networks, and can also provide authentication on the wired side.
Here are six open source projects that deal with 802.1X
"FreeRADIUS is probably the most important contribution to
802.1X from the open source community. It's a popular Remote
Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) server that can
provide the Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) for
802.1X and numerous other protocols. FreeRADIUS can save you from
buying a commercial server like Radiator or Elektron, saving
hundreds or thousands of dollars.
"FreeRADIUS can install and run on Linux, Mac OS X, and other
Unix-like operating systems. As you see in the next section, you
can even run it on Windows. FreeRADIUS works with all the major
802.1X clients or supplicants and operating systems."