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Architecture Taxonomy for Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP) (RFC4118)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126011D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-28
Document File: 42 page(s) / 94K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

L. Yang: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This document provides a taxonomy of the architectures employed in the existing IEEE 802.11 products in the market, by analyzing Wireless LAN (WLAN) functions and services and describing the different variants in distributing these functions and services among the architectural entities.

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Network Working Group                                            L. Yang
Request for Comments: 4118                                   Intel Corp.
Category: Informational                                        P. Zerfos
                                                                    UCLA
                                                                E. Sadot
                                                                   Avaya
                                                               June 2005


                       Architecture Taxonomy for
      Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP)

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).

Abstract

   This document provides a taxonomy of the architectures employed in
   the existing IEEE 802.11 products in the market, by analyzing
   Wireless LAN (WLAN) functions and services and describing the
   different variants in distributing these functions and services among
   the architectural entities.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
       1.1.  IEEE 802.11 WLAN Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
       1.2.  CAPWAP Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       1.3.  WLAN Architecture Proliferation  . . . . . . . . . . .   6
       1.4.  Taxonomy Methodology and Document Organization . . . .   8
   2.  Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   3.  Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       3.1.  IEEE 802.11 Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       3.2.  Terminology Used in This Document  . . . . . . . . . .  11
       3.3.  Terminology Used Historically but Not Recommended  . .  13
   4.  Autonomous Architecture  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       4.1.  Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .  13
       4.2.  Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   5.  Centralized WLAN Architecture  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       5.1.  Interconnection between WTPs and ACs . . . . . . . . .  16


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RFC 4118              CAPWAP Architecture Taxonomy...