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airMAX - Security Types for airMAX Radio Networks

Overview

This article describes each of the possible security modes to choose from when setting up an airMAX network.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. WPA2-AES (Recommended Security & Encryption)
  3. WPA/WPA2
  4. None

Introduction

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Enabling security is an essential part of any airMAX network. This ensures that radios are securely managed by trusted administrators knowing the password. The airMAX system gives administrators the flexibility to choose between security types, regardless of the scenario for deployment. Enable security first at the access point (AP) and enter the same settings at the station radio.

WPA2-AES (Recommended Security & Encryption)

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WPA2 (Wireless Protected Access II) security mode with AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) type 256bit encryption. AES is also known as CCMP (Counter Mode with Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol). WPA2 is always recommended over its predecessor, WPA.

Because encryption occurs within the wireless hardware chip, the CPU/memory are not affected and highest data rates are achievable (MCS15 & MCS7 for 2x2 & 1x1 devices, respectively).

WPA/WPA2

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airMAX M

  • PSK WPA-AES, WPA2-AES
  • EAP WPA-AES, WPA2-AES TTLS or PEAP w/ MSCHAP v2

airMAX AC

  • PSK WPA2-AES
  • EAP WPA2-AES TTLS or PEAP w/ MSCHAP v2*

*AirOS will automatically detect the WPA2-Enterprise authentication protocol in use.

None

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airMAX M

  • Open network, ideal for guest networks or whenever RADIUS MAC authentication & MAC ACL are used. 

airMAX AC

  • Not supported

TKIP and WEP

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NOTE:
TKIP and WEP modes were removed on version 5.6.1 because they were deemed not secure enough. As always, we recommend upgrading to the newest available firmware.
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