East Brunswick, NJ – The Aricent Group has announced the addition of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)-defined Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP) software framework to its field-proven communications software and solutions portfolio. The software is available immediately.

With the new wave of wireless devices hitting the networks, service providers and enterprises are increasingly relying on WLAN to meet their ever-growing data needs. One of the major challenges for these organizations is the lack of interoperability among different WLAN vendor equipment.

Aricent’s CAPWAP software implementation helps overcome this by providing standard-based interoperable methods for controlling and provisioning wireless access points. The software framework, with highly scalable architecture, is a portable implementation of the CAPWAP specification defined in the IETF RFC5415 and RFC5416.

The IETF is an open, international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers, which develops and promotes standards aimed at evolving the Internet architecture to enable interoperability among products and solutions from various vendors. Interoperability among multi-vendor products reduces operational cost and complexity; enables best-of-breed deployments; and empowers network operators to leverage existing systems already available in their environments.

The IETF cooperates closely with the W3C and ISO/IEC standards bodies to encourage standards in different market areas, including routing, transport, security, and networking, with particular focus on standards pertaining to TCP/IP.

“Aricent is committed to standards-based approach in order to promote interoperability among equipment from different vendors,” says Sridhar Raju, assistant vice president and head of the wireline communications practice at Aricent. “Aricent’s CAPWAP software reinforces this commitment by providing consistent behavior across different devices. This helps equipment vendors quickly meet new and complex product requirements, accelerating the time-to-market for new products.”

The software comprises two components – a CAPWAP client for WLAN access points and a CAPWAP controller for WLAN control switches or servers. Each component is optional depending upon the type of device the software is required to support. The key features include compliance with both IPv4 and IPv6 transport, and support of DTLS for encrypted tunnels for control traffic.

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