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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 authentication:

"FreeRADIUS

"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."

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