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Wi-Fi Planet: NoCatAuth Gateway Server Configuration

Nov 24, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Gunter)

"With the ever-increasing use of the Internet, everyone is scrambling to find a way to offer high quality Internet service that can cover more people with less expensive infrastructure. This is a problem shared by both commercial and grassroots Internet service providers (ISPs). Both are choosing wireless as the means to solve this problem.

"After choosing the wireless route, one is left with a few options. One can either buy an expensive (often proprietary) vendor solution, or go with an open-source, standards-based solution that takes advantage of existing customer premise equipment (CPE). Unless you have large funds to pull from, the second option is the way to go.

"Due to the large amount of 802.11b devices already in the customer's hands, the choice was obvious as to people's preferred access method. On the other hand, 802.11b does not offer much in terms of securely identifying users and allocating them the proper resources. Using the built-in security features of 802.11b, one encounters numerous access and authentication configuration issues that can confuse your less technical customers. After searching for a solution that could enable secure identification of users and easy resource allocation, we discovered NoCatAuth..."

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