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Frequent Contributor II
Posts: 109
Registered: ‎01-01-2012

Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

Hi,

 

Can we connect a switch to Rap wired port and have 802.1x authentication on swicth wired ports for users?

Old VBN VRD states we cant have802.1x on L2 switch  connected to RAP wired port .

What kind of switch is required for this purpose ? 

 

-harshad

Aruba
Posts: 1,377
Registered: ‎12-12-2011

Re: Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

This should work.  Any switch that does 802.1x would be supported.  The RAP is simply an uplink to that L2 switch.

Seth R. Fiermonti
Consulting Systems Engineer - ACCX, ACDX, ACMX
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Frequent Contributor II
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Re: Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

 

Yep It should work..but the old VBN_VRD states that we can not have L2 switch in front of RAP if we are using 802.1x authentication.... has anyone tested with L2, L3 switch or aruba switches ??

 

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Aruba
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Registered: ‎05-30-2012

Re: Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

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Harshad,

The issue with a switch in front of a RAP port but having the RAP handle 802.1x is that the switch may not pass the EAP packets through to the RAP. Un-managed switches probably don't have this issue but if your switch has any intelligence, it will probably intercept the EAP packets.

 

Best regards,

 

Madani

Frequent Contributor II
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Re: Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

Thanks Madani

 

If i understood it correctly L2 switch  will not work but for unmanaged switch also I need to check it first..

 

-Harshad.

Aruba
Posts: 429
Registered: ‎05-30-2012

Re: Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

Harshad,
It all depends if the switch (managed or unmanaged) intercepts EAP frames. Any switch that has native 802.1x support will most likely intercept the EAP frames. Unmanaged switches typically don't have support for 802.1x so they blindly pass the frames along. Again no guarantee until you test it, this is not an issue on the RAP but whether the RAP will get the EAP frames.


Best regards,

 

Madani

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Posts: 109
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Re: Rap VBN 802.1x on switch connected to Ethernet port

Great..Thanks for the reply...

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