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MAC-BASED WIRELESS AUTHENTICATION

CHULALUCK  POONTANASOMBAT     4988160   ITCS/B      
JUTICHAI  THONGKRACHAI                  4988192   ITCS/B
CHITTHAMAS  SANGSIRIWATTANA    4988279   ITCS/B

B.Sc.(INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY)

PROJECT ADVISOR: LECT. PAGAPORN PENGSART

ABSTRACT

The MAC-based authentication is actually an internal policy processing by the access point (AP). The AP has an internal table of MAC addresses from which it allows access to the network. The MAC-based authentication method trusts the registered MAC addresses and assumes their integrity, that is, it assumes that the MAC addresses belong to the devices. Its method can protect some malicious users.
The MAC-based authentication method is suitable for home LANs and for small offices where the number of computers (and hence the registration table) is small. Client MAC addresses registration must be manually entered into the APs which is a difficult task and error-prone. Moreover, this method can be used as the first layer of defense to deny access to any arbitrary wireless network client (STA). This is not a convenient mechanism for public WLANs because it adds the burden of configuring the MAC addresses without additional security benefits.
The project proposes the MAC-based authentication method enhancing security benefits using wi-fi protected access (WPA) encryption, and providing a web-based interface tool for MAC addresses registration.

 

KEYWORDS: MAC-BASED AUTHENTICATION, WIRELESS MANAGEMENT,     WIRELESS SECURITY

 

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