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Establishing Wireless Robust Security Networks: A Guide to IEEE 802.11i



Sheila E. Frankel, Bernard Eydt, L Owens, Karen Kent Scarfone


This report provides readers with a detailed explanation of next generation 802.11 wireless security. It describes the inherently flawed Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and explains 802.11i's two-step approach (interim and long-term)to providing effective wireless security. It describes secure methods used to authenticate users in a wireless environment, and presents several sample case studies of wireless deployment. It also includes guidance on best practices for establishing secure wireless networks using the emerging Wi-Fi technology.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-97
Report Number


IEEE 802.11, network security, Wi-Fi, wireless local area network, wireless networking


Frankel, S. , Eydt, B. , Owens, L. and Kent, K. (2007), Establishing Wireless Robust Security Networks: A Guide to IEEE 802.11i, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created February 7, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017