What are the differences between 802.1X and DOT1X on S series switch?

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802.1X and DOT1X provide the same function.

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Differences between port authentication and MAC address authentication on S series switches
The 802.1x protocol is a port-based network access control protocol that authenticates access users on ports of an access control device to control access to network resources. As a result, 802.1x authentication is also called port authentication. MAC address authentication controls a user's network access rights based on the access port and the user's MAC address. After MAC address authentication is enabled on a port, the device starts authentication for a user when it detects the MAC address of the user on the port. For S series switches (except the S1700), differences between port authentication and MAC address authentication are as follows: - Port authentication requires secure 802.1x client software, but MAC address authentication does not require any client software. - Port authentication requires a user to enter the user name and password in the 802.1x client, but MAC address authentication does not require the user to enter the user name or password. - MAC address authentication is mainly used for access authentication of dumb terminals where clients cannot be installed, such as printers and scanners.

What is the difference between IGMP versions of S series switches
IGMP runs on the last-hop router to collect users' requests for programs. The requested multicast data is then sent from the multicast source to users through PIM. IGMP has three versions. 1. IGMPv1 IGMPv1 defines the General Query message and Report message. A user sends Report message to request a program. After the last-hop router receives the Report message, it adds the user to the specified multicast group and sends General Query messages at intervals to maintain the membership of the user. If the router does not receive any Report message from the user within two intervals, it considers that the user does not require the multicast data and deletes the user from the multicast group. 2. IGMPv2 In IGMPv1, if a user does not require data of a multicast group, it leaves the multicast group after two intervals for sending General Query messages. Multicast data is still sent to the user in this period, wasting bandwidth. IGMPv2 improves IGMPv1 by adding two types of messages: Leave message and Special Query message. When a user does not require data of a multicast group, the user sends a Leave message to the last-hop router. When a port of the router receives the Leave message, the router sends some Group-Specific Query messages (the quantity is specified by the robustness variable) to the interface to check whether other users in the broadcast domain on the interface require data of the multicast group. If another user requires data of the multicast group, the user replies with a Report message. When receiving the Report message, the router retains the interface. If no Report message is received, the router deletes the interface from the multicast forwarding entry. IGMPv2 is the most widely used one on networks. 3. IGMPv3 IGMPv1 and IGMPv2 messages contain only the multicast group addresses of the requested programs. If multiple multicast sources provide data with the same multicast group address, data of all the groups is transmitted to users. Users may not see the programs they request. IGMPv3 solves this problem. IGMPv3 adds a source list in the Report message and supports the following six types of source lists: -Include: accepts data provided by the multicast sources in the list. -Exclude: rejects the multicast group data provided by all sources in the list. -ChangeToInclude: starts to accept multicast group data provided by the multicast sources in the list (previously rejects the data). -ChangeToExclude: starts to reject multicast group data provided by the multicast sources in the list (previously accepts the data). -AllowNew: adds a source of which the data is accepted or rejected. -BlockOld: deletes previous sources of which the data is accepted or rejected. IGMPv3 replaces the Leave message with the Rep ort message and adds the Group-and-Source-Specific Query message.

Difference between the S series switch and router
The S series switch and router are different in the following aspects: 1. Functions �?data switching or routing Although both Layer 3 switches and routers provide the routing function, they are not the same. For example, many broadband routers provide not only the routing function, but also switch and firewall functions. However, these routers are equated with switches or firewalls. because routing is their main function while others are additional functions. This rule also applies to Layer 3 switches. They are switching products that mainly provide the data switching function, as well as additional routing function. 2. Applicable environment �?LAN or WAN The routing function of a Layer 3 switch is simple for connection of LANs. Therefore, the routes of a Layer 3 switch are simple and less complex than those of a router. The Layer 3 switch provides quick data switching to allow frequent exchange of data traffic in the LAN. The router is designed to connect different types of networks. Although a router can be applied to the connection of LANs, the routing function is mainly provided for connection of different types of networks, such as connection between the LAN and WAN, and between networks with different protocols. The main purpose of a router is to connect multiple networks with complex routes. With powerful routing function, the router is applied to not only LANs with same protocols, but also LAN and WAN with different protocols. To connect different types of networks, the router provides various interface types. However, the Layer 3 switch only provides LAN interfaces of the same type. 3. Performance �?data packet exchange Technically, the major difference between a router and a Layer 3 switch is to forward data packets. The router uses the software engine with a micro-processor to forward data packets, while the Layer 3 switch uses hardware. After a Layer 3 switch forwards the first packet of a data flow, it generates a mapping between MAC addresses and IP addresses. When the same data flow passes, the Layer 3 switch forwards the packets without searching in the routing table. This prevents the delay caused by route selection and improves the efficiency of forwarding data packets. Therefore, in terms of performance, the Layer 3 switch is better than the router and is applied to the LAN with frequent data exchange. With a powerful routing function and low forwarding efficiency of data packets, the router is applied to the connection of different types of networks without frequent data exchange, such as the connection between the LAN and Internet. If the router is used on a LAN, its powerful routing function is wasted and it cannot meet the communication requirements of the LAN and influences subnet communication.

Difference between CSS and stack on S series switches
For S series switches, both stack and cluster indicate that combine multiple switches are virtualized into a logical switch. In V200R001C00 and earlier versions, there is only one name called stack in Chinese. In later versions, fixed switches use stack and modular switches use the cluster. Each cluster allows only two member devices, whereas a stack can contain a maximum of nine member devices.

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