The WISPr 1.0 document by the Wi-Fi Alliance set out to defined the Best Current Practices for Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) Roaming in an effort to bring some consistency to authentication and billing on Wi-Fi Public Access Networks. While the document does give some good guidance on the minimal RADIUS requirements for AAA (Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting), and defines a methodology for automated login in a captive portal network, it was not designed to be a standard, so it says.
With CoovaChilli managing the traffic of multiple access points, it can now be configured to utilize the MAC Authentication features found in some WLAN products to learn the access point location of a subscriber device. To demonstrate the use of this feature, hear is an example using both the Cisco Aironet and the Alcatel-Lucent/Aruba OmniAccess switch.
In DHCP Discovery, we explored the DHCP protocol and the kind of information the client device reveals about itself. DHCP fingerprinting is taking that information in order to classify the operating system and/or vendor of the device. The technique is finding it's way into commercial applications, CoovaRADIUS included, but, it's easy to do yourself too; here's how.
RADIUS is a protocol "for carrying authentication, authorization, and configuration information between a Network Access Server (NAS) which desires to authenticate its links and a shared Authentication Server (AS)." RADIUS uses UDP packets that carry one or more RADIUS attributes.
There are several possible authentication protocols that can run within RADIUS. The simplest is PAP, where the user password is transmitted encoded with the shared secret between the NAS and AS.
The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a standard way for client devices to acquire an IP address and other configurations (DNS, Gateway, etc) on a network. This is particularly true in public access networks; as such, DHCP is integral to chilli, and always has been. Of course, it could certainly be more flexible. As it is now, you can't really do much in the way of customizing your DHCP configurations. I have some ideas for CoovaChilli, and some DHCP discovery to share.
There is a new version of CoovaAAA deployed! The highlights:
There are new releases to announce, first of all. CoovaChilli version 1.0.11 was released with some bug fixes, leading to a new version of CoovaAP, released as 1.0-beta.7d, to include the new Chilli. Last, but not least, CoovaAAA was updated, as was the Coova HotSpot Facebook application, to work with the new Facebook Pages.