ADVANCED SECURITY MEASURES IN A WIRELESS LAN

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ABSTRACT

Wireless local area networks (wireless LANs, or WLANs) are metamorphosing the landscape of computer networking. The use of mobile computing devices, such as laptops and personal digital assistants, coupled with the demand for continual network connections without having to “plug in,” are driving the adoption of enterprise WLANs. Network managers are using WLANs to facilitate network moves, add-ons and changes. In addition, the inherent flexibility of WLANs overcomes limitations created by older buildings, leased spaces, or temporary work areas.

          This paper not only furnishes the details about Wireless LANs but also bestows an abundant number of methods in which the security of these WLANs can be breached. It also contributes a myriad number of ways in which one can thwart the potential assault on the WLANs network.

KEYWORDS

Wireless LAN, Security, Hacking, Access points.

INTRODUCTION TO WIRELESS LAN:

High-speed wireless LANs can provide the benefits of network connectivity without the restrictions of being tied to a location or tethered by wires. Wireless connections can extend or replace a wired infrastructure in situations where it is costly or prohibitive to lay cables. Portable access to wireless networks can be achieved using laptop computers and wireless NICs. This

 

enables the user to travel to various locations and still have access to their networked data. Without wireless access, the user would have to carry clumsy cabling and find a network tap to plug into. For businesses, wireless networks give more mobility and flexibility by allowing employees to stay connected to the Internet and to the network as they roam. Beyond the corporate campus

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