The LWAPP Comeback

Weird acronym is recommended as control mechanism for skinny APs -- that's a feather in its CAPWAP!

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

October 20, 2005

1 Min Read
The LWAPP Comeback

It turns out the lightweight access point protocol (LWAPP) -- a methodology for controlling so-called dumb access points from a switch -- is alive and well at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

In fact, an IETF group is recommending LWAPP as the protocol of choice for CAPWAP, the umbrella specification for the control and provisioning of WiFi access points.

You can read all about it in deep -- and tedious -- detail here.

But the crux of the biscuit is:

"LWAPP has the most complete base protocol and is flexible enough to be extended or modified by the working group. We therefore recommend LWAPP be used as the basis for the CAPWAP protocol."

Unstrung predicted that LWAPP might get just such a shot in the arm after Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) bought Airespace, as the protocol was originally that startup's baby. (See The Switch Fix Is In.)

But it's still not particularly clear when this work might result in a standardized control mechanism for APs. Best not to hold your breath!

— DanWAP JonesWAP, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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