Santa Barbara, Calif.Priced much lower than previous and competing systems, Wi-Fi test and analysis equipment vendor Communication Machinery Corp. (CMC) is offering a new member of its existing EmulationEngine Family, previously reviewed at eeProductCenter. It adds IEEE-802.11i RSN (Robust Security Network; also referred to as 802.11i and WPA2) test and analysis to the EmulationEngine.
CMC claims its new portable EE-SEC product is priced about one-third to one-eighth the price of alternative systems. At that price, you can cost-effectively expand your test arsenal so units are readily available in multiple labs, in remote locations, and ready to be taken where needed.
CMC's EE-SEC includes expanded support for EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) with TTLS (Tunneled Transport Layer Security) and PEAP (Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol).
The EAP supports multiple authentication methods for WLAN (wireless local area network) access. The company claims it's now the only system to offer complete multi-station testing on all aspects of securing with full traffic loads in user-defined scenarios.
Using the EE-SEC, WLAN designers and WLAN equipment builders can test features, design topographies, and performance in real-world load scenarios. This ensures proper operation of security-enabled WLAN products in an environment specified in IEEE-802.11i, IEEE-802.1x and IEEE-802.11.
Create Custom Test Scenarios
In addition, using the EE-SEC, enterprises and government network engineers can create custom test scenarios and loads to anticipate and identify performance and capacity problems before full secure wireless system deployment.
The EE-SEC's feature set also gives you the ability to control virtually all aspects of 802.11i testing. Using the EE-SEC, you can configure each multiple STA (virtual station) individually and independently to create real-world load scenarios. You can then execute these tests with STAs operating concurrently with bi-directional traffic and full security handshaking, exactly as if this were a multi-station loading situation deployed in an enterprise setting.
This granular station-level control, over security and other parameters, and the EE-SEC's ability to impose this load on the system under test, ensures stringent standards are designed-in and tested.
Authentication Mode Support
The EE-SEC RSN support includes correct handling on an individual STA basis of the RSN information element in beacons, probe responses, association requests, and the AKMP (Adaptive Key Management Protocol) four-way handshake, and user options for selection of RSN-PSK and RSN authentication types, in addition to previous authentication modes. The EE-SEC supports six authentication modes including Open System, Shared Key, WPA-PSK, WPA, RSN-PSK, and RSN.
EAP support includes two critical protocols for IEEE-802.1X EAPoL authentication under WPA and RSN, EAP (PEAP) and TTLS authentication algorithms. These new features, combined with the EmulationEngine's support for TLS, permit network managers to rely on a single system for EAP test and analysis. The EmulationEngine itself supports the TLS, TTLS with MS-CHAPv2, PEAPv0 with EAP-MSCHAPv2, and PEAPv1 with EAP-MSCHAPv2 EAP algorithms.
In addition, the EE-SEC lets you build and run test scenarios that can be saved for future use. You can also save test run statistics and an event log to a PC.
That can be used for review, analysis, and reporting. After changing a design, adjusting equipment, or tweaking a network, you can run the same test scenarios and compare results to identify and eliminate potentially problems, or to ensure performance and operation problems are addressed.
Price And Availability
The EE-SEC is priced at less than about $10,000. If you own one of CMC's EE-11abg or EE-11bg-c units, can purchase an EE-UGSEC upgrade option to add full EE-SEC capabilities to your existing EmulationEngine. The upgrade costs less than $3000.
Current EmulationEngine EE-WPA users on CMC's annual EE-Support program will be able to upgrade through a firmware download, at no charge. The EE-Support package for the EE-SEC is priced at less than about $1500, and volume discounts are available. CMC says all of these products are available now.
For additional information contact Dave Swan at Communication Machinery Corp., 402 E. Gutierrez St., Santa Barbara, Calif. 93101. Phone: 805-879-1521. Fax: 805-564-7188. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication Machinery Corp., 805-879-1521, www.cmc.com