Wired Authenticated Access is a Chicken and Egg Problem, and It’s Scrambled Up

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • Strong wired authentication and access control is available using 802.1X, which is needlessly complex in wired networks and 802.1ae which is not widely available.
  • Lack of customer demand doesn’t give equipment vendors any inducement to simplify 802.1X wired functions or add 802.1ae to network equipment. You can change that.

Ever wonder why 802.1X and 802.11i is so well supported in wireless LANs—even consumer grade access points—yet is complex and fragile in wired ports? It’s not the technology or differences in the capability of wireless compared to wired equipment. The reason is customer demand. You. The average enterprise user hasn’t demanded the same level of functionality in the wired network as they did in the wireless. Continue reading “Wired Authenticated Access is a Chicken and Egg Problem, and It’s Scrambled Up”