AirWave & 3eTI Detect Rogues

By Eric Griffith

October 29, 2002

The new 3e-522AW access point launches with AirWave Management Platform to let WLAN administrators control the network and root out unauthorized wireless products and users.

3eTI's 3e Technologies International (3eTI) of Rockville, MD, has teamed up with San Mateo, CA-based AirWave Wireless on the release of the 3e-522AW Wireless Access Point. The product will support Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and 3DES encryption and 802.1X security and, through the use of the AirWave Management Platform, it will help companies detect rogue access points.

"Access points are available for 125 bucks and employees are connecting them on an unsecure basis," says Greg Murphy, president of AirWave Wireless. "The options most organizations have today is using a packet analyzer/sniffer with an IT Guy roaming the halls. It's time consuming and expensive and is not done frequently. One asset the enterprise has is its legitimately deployed wireless infrastructure. You use a deployed access point to sniff and detect all the other access points in range and report back to the Airwave Management platform. From a central console, you can do wireless scans as often as you want." The Linux-based 3e-522AW access point takes the actual AirWave code and integrates it in the box.

Murphy says management of the WLAN using a product like the AirWave platform goes hand-in-hand with security. "If it's not managed, it can't be secure. You should have control over configuration, security settings, and know who's on the network at all times, and what devices are connected."

To that end, using the 3e-522AW's ability to identify all the MAC address of each network client, the AirWave platform can integrate with authentication servers like a RADIUS server to correlate what users are connected. This also helps route out intruders on the network.

3eTI also introduced another gateway, the 3e-522GW, which doesn't support the AirWave platform, but does have AES, 3DES and 802.1X security built in for companies with their own security.

The 3eTI access points are available from distributor CABLexpress or direct from 3eTI's Web site . The hardware is in the 800 to 900 dollar range; use of the AirWave Management Platform requires a separate software license agreement based on number of access points being managed by the server.

Eric Griffith is the managing editor of 802.11 Planet.

802.11 Planet Conference Afraid of rogues and intruders? Join us at the 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo, Dec. 3-5 in Santa Clara, CA. One of our sessions will rooting out rogues in WLAN Management: Taming the Unwired Beast.



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