The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series supports 802.11i, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), WPA, and numerous Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types. WPA and WPA2 are the Wi-Fi Alliance certifications for interoperable, standards-based wireless LAN security. These certifications support IEEE 802.1X for user-based authentication, Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) for WPA encryption, and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for WPA2 encryption. These certifications help to ensure interoperability between Wi-Fi-certified wireless LAN devices from different manufacturers.
The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series hardware-accelerated AES encryption supports enterprise-class, government-grade secure encryption over the wireless LAN without compromising performance. IEEE 802.1X authentication helps to ensure that only authorized users are allowed on the network. The series also provides backward compatibility and support for WPA client devices running TKIP, the RC4 encryption algorithm.