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Connecting People and IoT Devices to the Wireless Network in the BYOD Era

Published: 29 July 2014

ID: G00264168

Analyst(s): Jim Berenbaum


Organizations often oversimplify their wireless access control when they should align access mechanisms to the multiple personas of users, the variety of devices they carry, use of BYOD and an expanding IoT. One size does not fit all, and demands for protection must balance against user needs.

Table Of Contents


  • The Changing Approach to WLAN Access
  • The Difference Between Business Relationships and Personas
    • Multiple Personas
    • User and Enterprise Perspectives
  • Defining Access Categories to Enable Each Persona
  • Matching Personas, People and Devices With Access Categories
    • Implementation Methods for Each Example Persona
  • Devices and Their Capabilities
  • Solution Options
    • Open
    • Preshared Key
    • Username/Password via 802.1X
    • Certificate via 802.1X
    • Captive Portal
    • Hotspot 2.0
    • MAC Bypass
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Solution Options
  • Major Solution Approaches
    • Open
    • Preshared Key
    • Username and Password via 802.1X
    • Certificate via 802.1X
    • Captive Web Portal
    • Hotspot 2.0 and Passpoint
    • MAC Bypass
  • Optional Enhancements
    • Network Access Control
    • Enterprise Mobility Management Integration
    • Device Type Awareness
    • Self-Registration
    • Social Media
    • Billing
  • User and Enterprise Perspectives Toward Authentication

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