An Experimental Study of Next Generation Authentication Mechanisms for Wireless LAN and Content Service Provider

R. Huber and N. Jordan (Austria)


Convergent AAA, EAP, WLAN, and IEEE 802.11i


The movement of many business domains towards offering services via the Internet demands for convergent and extensible AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) concepts. On the one hand, this paper analyzes the effects of introducing new authentication mechanisms into the area of wireless LAN and presents on the other a convergent access and application level AAA framework that adopts the concept of port based authentication to the application layer by utilizes SOAP as the transport medium for EAP (Enhanced Authentication Protocol) messages. The integration into an IEEE 802.11i reference environment is described and AAA characteristics at the WLAN access level are investigated.

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