CTS 015: Authentication and Association

In This Episode

Ep. 15 will be a solo show this week. I’m going to go a little technical and discuss how wireless devices connect to a wireless network through authentication and association.

Authentication and association occurs in three steps:

  1. Unauthenticated and unassociated
  2. Authenticated and unassociated
  3. Authenticated and associated

This is the 802.11 state machine. Authentication must occur before association. A device can never be unauthenticated and associated.

The authentication and association process

802.11 State Machine

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