I've been asked to help setup a wireless LAN on a university campus.
The idea is that students and staff can use their Win/Mac/Linux laptops
on campus to access the campus network and the rest of the internet.
The main issues I see are security and authentication. We require that
any person trying to access the wireless LAN be authenticated, and any
traffic sent over the air should be encrypted.
Of course, we'll be using a Linux firewall to route between the campus
LAN and wireless network. Any suggestions on hardware or software for
the firewall is appreciated.
At this point, I'm looking for suggestions as to the right technology to
I'm thinking IPSec will do the job nicely. Is this the best solution? Is
this well supported in Linux? Does this require a separate tunnel for
I've looked at PPPoE briefly, but everything seems to deal with the
client side. I need to be able to terminate the PPPoE tunnel at the
Linux box. Does PPPoE offer encryption?
Keep in mind that we need Win/Mac/Linux clients for whatever solution we
I'm still new to a lot of this technology so pointers to the relevant
documentation would be appreciated. I know about the firewall and net
howto's and am in the process of making my way thru them now.