McAfee has been granted a patent for a gateway apparatus that provides secure virtual access points using different authentication methods. The device can onboard devices based on their support for specific security protocols, ensuring separate subnetworks for enhanced security. GlobalData’s report on McAfee gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Gateway apparatus for providing secure virtual access points

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: McAfee Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11930359B2) discloses a gateway apparatus designed to provide secure wireless network access through the implementation of multiple virtual access points (VAPs) with distinct security methods. The apparatus includes a hardware platform with a processor, memory, and a wireless network interface. The instructions stored in the memory enable the processor to create separate subnetworks for each VAP, with one secured by an IEEE 802.1x EAP enterprise method and the other by a WPA-PSK method. The apparatus can onboard devices based on their compatibility with the security methods, ensuring that each device connects to the appropriate VAP for secure access.

Furthermore, the patent details the device onboarding process, which involves fingerprinting devices to determine their capabilities and providing credential profiles for enrollment. The apparatus can detect connection attempts from new devices and assign them to the correct VAP based on their support for EAP or WPA-PSK security methods. Additionally, the patent covers the provision of a default PSK for wireless connection and the assignment of devices connecting via this method to a constrained network. The patent also includes instructions for providing a RADIUS server, a DPP server, and device-specific network policies to enhance network security and management. Overall, the gateway apparatus and associated methods described in the patent aim to streamline device onboarding, enhance network security, and optimize wireless connectivity in diverse environments.

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