Glossary of NGW Terms
What is IETF
Internet Engineering Task Force -- The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an organization that develops and promotes Internet standards, cooperating closely with the W3C and ISO/IEC standard bodies. It primarily deals with standards of the TCP/IP and Internet protocol suite. All participants and leaders are volunteers, though their work is usually funded by their employers or sponsors.
What is LWAPP
LightWeight Access Point Protocol – LWAPP is an IETF protocol that governs how lightweight access points communicate with WLAN systems. The term “Lightweight” refers to the fact that much of the functionality that had been part of the access point in earlier wireless networks has been moved to an external controller in LWAPP networks.
What is PEAP
Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol -- Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol, Protected EAP, or simply PEAP (pronounced "peep"), is a method to securely transmit authentication information, including passwords, over wired or wireless networks. It was jointly developed by Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and RSA Security. PEAP is not an encryption protocol; it only authenticates a client into a network.
What is QoS
Quality of Service -- The term Quality of Service, abbreviated QoS, refers to resource reservation control mechanisms. Quality of Service can provide different priority to different users or data flows. It is particularly important when networks support time-sensitive applications such as real-time video of voice over IP, since these often require fixed bit rates and are delay sensitive. QoS provides these applications priority over other data applications that can tolerate some delay.
What is WEP
Wired Equivalent Privacy -- Wired Equivalent Privacy or Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) is a scheme to secure IEEE 802.11 wireless networks. It is part of the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard. Because wireless networks broadcast messages using radio, they are more susceptible to eavesdropping, and require security controls. WEP was intended to provide a level of confidentiality comparable to that of a traditional wired network, but several serious weaknesses were identified by cryptanalysts. WEP was superseded by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) in 2003, followed by the full IEEE 802.11
What is WNMS
Wireless Network Management System – is a generic term for a network management system that remotely monitors, manages and reports on components of the wireless network, e.g., wireless access points and wireless controllers.