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AP515 Wifi Alliance compliance

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  • 1.  AP515 Wifi Alliance compliance

    Posted 25 days ago
    Hi Team.

    Im very confused about this, reading about AP515 certifications is Wi-Fi Alliance compliance but to achieve it, Wi-Fi Alliance says about WPA+TKIP:

    "Wi-Fi Alliance prohibits a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED device from offering a "TKIP-only" configuration"

    And I see that AP515 rel 8.X is able to configure "WPA Personal (TKIP Encryption only)"

    So, Why is this possible? Tehre are something that I´m not understanding.



    Emilio Felipe S�nchez Jim�nez

  • 2.  RE: AP515 Wifi Alliance compliance
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    Posted 24 days ago
    What I read in the Wi-Fi Alliance Technical Note TKIP v1.0, after your quote:
    "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices may continue to offer a "TKIP-only" mode through a secondary user interface to support legacy devices, when needed. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices are allowed, but discouraged to offer use of WPA / WPA2 mixed mode on the primary interface."

    And some of our customers HAVE to use TKIP for like old hand-scanners. It would be really inconvenient if these are forced to replace those devices. Also, the default settings point to AES, so the admin actively has to change the default. To be honest, I think this recommendation is also a bit obsolete as many client devices will experience issues if you configure TKIP, so it is far from attractive to select it. Note that the Aruba products are targeted for professional use as well, so admins should be considered to understand what they are doing.

    Please reach out to your local Aruba SE if you need to have an official answer to this topic.

    If the ask is IF the APs are certified, you can check at the Wi-Fi Alliance website, and here are the certificates for the AP-515.

    Herman Robers
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