By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-01-05 Print this article Print

All Airespace access points support 802.3af for POE or an individual power supply, making it simple to place the 1200R REAP in the most appropriate location.

When deployed at the remote site, the 1200R REAP utilizes a Layer 3-modified version of LWAPP to find the switch via the WAN and download the appropriate configuration and policy data. Network administrators should keep in mind, however, that they must maintain a VPN tunnel between sites or open User Datagram Protocol ports 12222 and 12223 on intermediary firewalls. For security purposes, we highly recommend using an intersite VPN.

Unlike the 1200 access points, the 1200R REAPs will continue to offer WLAN (wireless LAN) service if the link to the switch is temporarily lost.

With ACS 2.0, Airespace offers expanded VLAN support. Version 1.0 enabled administrators to tie wireless network names to specific VLANs. For Version 2.0, in contrast, Airespace took a page from Trapeze Networks Inc.s competing Mobility System, providing the ability to promote a single network name tied to multiple VLANs, depending on user credentials. Airespace supports Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service or an internal database for authentication.

The Airespace platform offers an impressive array of security options, including support for Wi-Fi Protected Access, 802.1x and Wired Equivalent Privacy for Layer 2 security, and an IPSec end point for Layer 3 encryption. In addition, company officials said Airespace will soon offer a version that supports the Federal Information Processing Standard.

ACS back-end database, which is based on Solid Information Technology Corp.s FlowEngine database, was a little troublesome in tests. ACS locked up several times, requiring us to restart services and the database, which can be an ordeal. Wed like to see Airespace allow customers to use existing Oracle Corp. or SQL database implementations in the future.

Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum Technical Analyst Andrew Garcia can be reached at andrew_garcia@ziffdavis.com.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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