Controller Based WLANs

What is the strict compliance option in the Virtual AP Profile?

by on ‎07-09-2014 01:46 PM

Product and Software: This article applies to all Aruba controllers and ArubaOS 2.x and 3.x.


Aruba checks the following compliance parameters if strict-compliance is enabled:


  •         Privacy Bit: The wireless station privacy profile in the "Capability Info" part of the 802.11 frame should match the AP privacy profile for a successful association.



If a wireless station is associating to an AP that is configured for static WEP and has the correct WEP key but does not set the "privacy bit" to 1 in its 802.11 header, then it will not be able to associate to the Aruba AP unless strict-compliance is disabled.


  •   Transmit Rates: The wireless station should have some 802.11 supported rates in common with the Aruba AP in its Association Request or else it will be denied unless strict-compliance is disabled.
  •   Short Preamble: If an 802.11b wireless station tries to associate with short preamble bit set in the 802.11 header when it is disabled on the Aruba AP, then it will be denied unless strict-compliance is disabled.

By default, strict-compliance is disabled. Keeping it disabled helps for better interoperability with any NIC (usually helps out legacy NICs, prior to 2004).

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