Is a VPN and 802.1x the same thing?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Stang68, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Stang68 macrumors 6502a

    Stang68

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    Hey everyone,

    Is a VPN and 802.1x the same thing? I have been trying to connect to my colleges wifi for a while but they have an 802.1x encryption thingy. Will VPN allow me to connect now?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kdarling macrumors demi-god

    kdarling

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    Unfortunately, one of the many things the iPhone is missing, is a 802.1x supplicant.

    Many schools use 802.1x for authentication to their networks, but iPhone owners are out of luck.

    You're not alone. There are even online petitions to Apple over this.
     
  3. Stang68 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Stang68

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    damn. Do you think the SDK could solve this? Maybe a smart developer?
     
  4. Toups macrumors regular

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    VPN is a tunneling technology, where as 802.1x is utilized for network authentication.

    Short answer, no, they are not the same.
     
  5. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    I'll be shocked if we don't see a 3rd party solution before the end of March. Or at least that's what I'm hoping. Apple was very unwise to shut out users who need access to their university or corporate network.
     

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