Communication Machinery Corporation Introduces World’s Only Multi-Station Performance and Load Test System For Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) Enterprise and Personal Implementations With Full 802.1x Authentication

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CMC sets new standards in WPA Enabled Wi-Fi testing with the industryÂ?s only system to provide multi-station testing, using virtual stations (vSTAÂ?) with configurable MAC, IP addresses, that send and receive data traffic across the wireless link.

Solidifying its position as the de facto standard for performance testing of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), the powerful, standards-based, interoperable security technology for Wi-Fi networks, Communication Machinery Corporation (CMC), http://www.cmc.com, today unveiled the EE-WPA multi-station test system for WPA-Enterprise with full support for 802.1x authentication, RADIUS, EAP-TLS, TKIP, MIC and WPA-Personal pre-shared key mode. A core member of CMC’s EmulationEngine™ XT family, the EE-WPA is the only system to deliver accurate 802.11 product and wireless network performance and capacity stress testing with multiple WPA-enabled stations and complete 802.1x authentication.

For the first time, with EE-WPA, designers, test managers and network engineers have the ability to perform sophisticated capacity, scalability and load stress testing on WPA-enabled enterprise class products and wireless networks. From 1 to 59 of the EmulationEngine’s 64 vSTA can be selectively configured to enable WPA. Only the EE-WPA test system gives engineers the flexibility to individually select the security mode for each of the emulators virtual stations (vSTA™), providing a truly mixed-mode 802.11 security environment comprised of virtually any combination of Open, WEP, WPA-PSK, and/or WPA settings.

"CMC's EmulationEngine test systems have helped advance the adoption of 802.11 technologies by creating a 'real' multi-station environment to test performance, capacity, and scalability of products and wireless networks," said, said Dave Swan, CEO of Communication Machinery Corporation. "Using the EE-WPA, our customers get critical test information based on multi-station stress testing with full 802.11 station protocol and data traffic loading that helps them design efficient, high performance products."

Using the new EE-WPA from CMC, engineers can test critical aspects of WPA enabled 802.11 product and network design such as AP association capacity while the AP is in WPA mode, WPA security key caching, key exchange and hand-shaking, WPA-PSK or legacy modes, the forwarding rate for WPA versus legacy systems, and the ability of multi-protocol AP's, WLAN switches, and WLAN systems to respond to and scale with multiple station, each with different security modes set.

The EmulationEngine provides detailed troubleshooting information that permits users to test product conformance with 802.1x and WPA specifications. By enabling event logging and using the emulator’s collected WPA statistics, the EmulationEngine user gains a vast array of data that can be used to determine which phase of the WPA association lifecycle the system is in, whether any errors occurred with X.509 certificate parsing, or to secure detailed TLS Protocol specific error messages.

“The ability to test critical security protocols is a core need of our customers, who range from Boeing and Motorola to T-Mobile and Extreme Networks. We created the new multi-station EE-WPA to ensure that network and test engineers can test these complex areas of security protocol and build enterprise-class 802.11 products and WiFi networks with unparalleled confidence that their designs will perform and scale as intended,” said Dave Swan. “No other system can deliver the breadth and depth of performance analysis and stress testing combined with the crucial ability to create a multi-station environment. Testing with multiple station loading is a critical and even mandatory way to ensure that WPA-enabled 802.11product and wireless LAN implementation will meet design goals for capacity, scalability and throughput.”

The EE-WPA, shipping to customers beginning December 20th, features a number of unique capabilities which extend the level of troubleshooting and error logging data provided by the EmulationEngine family, creating an invaluable tool for analyzing protocol conformance, performance or anomalies.

  • 802.1X/RADIUS Client Authentication for the Enterprise Environment which uses sophisticated security
  • Ability to implement comprehensive, repeatable, performance characterizing tests by creating programming scripts via the EE-SDK; all aspects and commands of the EmulationEngine can be utilized by scripts created with the EE-SDK
  • Flexibility in PKI Deployment
  • Detailed troubleshooting and protocol debugging support for WPA PSK, WPA Enterprise and the full 802.11 protocol
  • Flexibility in configuring desired security properties is allowed per each vSTA
  • Accelerated EmulationEngine Cryptographic processing through dedicated hardware enabling multiple WPA enabled stations on a single emulator CMC’s new EE-WPA supports EAP-TLS with full TLS Client authentication per vSTA.

Each vSTA establishes a unique authentication session with the back end RADIUS server, allowing the user to initiate multiple authentication sessions synchronously. Additionally, each vSTA can be provisioned with a unique X.509 certificate imported by the user in the standard PKCS#12 format to perform EAP-TLS authentications. This allows engineers to utilize their existing PKI infrastructure and their in-house certificate authority to generate and provision certificates specific to their enterprise or network. Users also have the flexibility to configure the desired authentication mode via the CLI (Command Line Interface), the EE GUI, or EE-SDK, CMC’s Perl software developers’ kit.

Price and Availability

CMC’s new EE-WPA is available for $9,995.00 USD. Volume discounts are available. For additional information contact Dave Swan, Communication Machinery Corporation, 402 E. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101; Phone: 805.879.1521; Fax: 805.879.1572; dswan@cmc.com; http://www.cmc.com.

About Communication Machinery Corporation

Communication Machinery Corporation, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., is the market leader of test and analysis products that are essential tools for the design, deployment and support of all 802.11 based products, appliances and Wireless LAN networks. Widely used by network equipment, telecommunications, and “hot spot” manufacturers, by developers of 802.11 products and chipsets, and by companies and organizations deploying enterprise and large scale WLANs, the company’s test systems have rapidly become the industry’s de facto standard. CMC’s EmulationEngine™XT family enables stress and scalability testing through the use of multiple concurrent user-controlled virtual Stations (vSTA™) from a single 802.11 emulation platform.

EmulationEngine, vSTA, EEAnalyst and EEScenario are trademarks of Communication Machinery Corporation. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2004 Communication Machinery Corporation, all rights reserved.

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