Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is an upgrade on the original Wi-Fi security standard, Wired Equivalent Privacy, or WEP, which was found to be sorely lacking almost as soon as it was released. WPA offers much stronger user authentication and better data encryption via the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP). Some consumer gear still employs WEP, but any business that allows users to connect to the corporate network via a home access point must demand WPA as the starting point for credible Wi-Fi security.


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IEEE Aims High in Home Networking

The newly published IEEE 1905.1 standard seeks to create a flexible environment with four complementary technologies. More >

Time to Get Up to Speed on New 802.11ac Standard

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High-Speed, Short-Range Networking and Unified Communications

A tremendous amount of attention has been paid to the deep and growing relationship between unified communications and mobility. Indeed, it is safe to say that there is no real UC unless workers can More >

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Interviews

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Network Today

Brocade's Jason Notel explains ways to bolster network functionality now to future-proof systems in order to avoid major upgrades when forward-thinking technologies become commercial products.

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Why SDN Does Not Commoditize Networking

Cisco says OpenFlow and specially designed ASICs and other technologies will fulfill the promises of SDN more fully than a strictly commoditized approach.

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SDN and the New Economics of Networking

SDN means commodity hardware can now be deployed and repurposed in any form that is desirable. The key is to ensure that open formats are allowed to thrive.

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