Aruba Wireless announces first and only 802.11i support within a centralized wireless LAN switching system

July 19, 2004

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Aruba Wireless Networks (Aruba) today announced the industry 's first and only support for the newly ratified 802.11i standard on a centralised wireless LAN (WLAN) switching system. Early field trials with select customers are underway, and general beta testing of its 802.11i implementation is slated to begin in August.

By implementing all encryption in a centralised high-speed, software-programmable hardware encryption engine rather than in individual access points, Aruba was able to be first to market with the most secure implementation of the latest security standard from the IEEE.

"While we, like other wireless vendors, make use of standard off-the-shelf radio components, we leave a large portion of their capabilities disabled in the access point," said Merwyn Andrade, CTO of Aruba Wireless Networks and contributor to the IEEE 802.11i specification. "Instead, we implement these functions in a central programmable controller and switching system that provides services to multiple APs. This provides investment protection to our customers as well as giving us a time-to-market advantage with new features such as 802.11i, since we don 't need to wait for our radio suppliers to release new drivers."

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