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LWAPP and CAPWAP 5 years 1 month ago #37345

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Both protocol are used to control/manage access points, how do they differ from each other?

other than the literal meaning found in google search..
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Re: LWAPP and CAPWAP 5 years 1 month ago #37379

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Hey Pedneski,


Those two links should help you out. From the short bit I read (which really wasn't much) LWAPP is a subset of CAPWAP which is a centralized controller protocol for wireless access points.

Abstract(Lightweight Access Point Protocol):

In recent years, there has been a shift in wireless LAN (WLAN)
product architectures from autonomous access points to centralized
control of lightweight access points. The general goal has been to
move most of the traditional wireless functionality such as access
control (user authentication and authorization), mobility, and radio
management out of the access point into a centralized controller.

The IETF's CAPWAP (Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access
Points) WG has identified that a standards-based protocol is
necessary between a wireless Access Controller and Wireless
Termination Points (the latter are also commonly referred to as
Lightweight Access Points). This specification defines the
Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP), which addresses the
CAPWAP's (Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points)
protocol requirements. Although the LWAPP protocol is designed to be
flexible enough to be used for a variety of wireless technologies,
this specific document describes the base protocol and an extension
that allows it to be used with the IEEE's 802.11 wireless LAN

I hope this helps.
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