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Implement strong WiFi encryption the easy way with hostapd

Apr 18, 2012, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"hostapd, the Host Access Point daemon, provides strong WPA2 encryption and authentication on Linux-based wireless access points. It is fairly simple to configure, supports WPA2-Personal and Enterprise, and also provides a unique modification to WPA2-Personal that makes it both strong and simple to administer.

"The gap between WPA2-Personal and WPA2-Enterprise is rather large. WPA2-Enterprise is the strongest wireless security, but it is complex to administer because it requires a public key infrastructure (PKI) with server and client certificates, and a certificate authority. Most shops use FreeRADIUS servers to manage all this, which is overkill when you have a small number of access points to manage, or want to set one up for a temporary event or project. "

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