This MIB module provides the ability to configure the
Port Web Authentication (PWA) component in a switch.
PWA provides a way of authenticating a user on a
switch port before allowing the user general access
to the network. Only the essential protocols and
services required by the authentication process
are allowed on the segment between the end-station
and the switch port. All other traffic will be
discarded. When a user is in the unauthenticated
state, any traffic generated by the end-station
will not go beyond the switch port that they are
The PWA/login process from the user standpoint is
simple. The user makes a request via their favorite
web browser for the 'secureharbour' web page. Depending
upon the authenticated state of the port, a login page
is provided so that the user can enter their username
and password, or a logout page is presented to the user.
When they submit their login page, the switch will then
authenticate them via a preconfigured radius server.
If the login is successful, then the port that the
end-station is connected to will be turned on and
full network access will be granted according to the
users port configuration on the switch.
This MIB module also provides status about the PWA
component and statistics about all current users who
are logged into the switch.