Why use RADIUS for authentication as there are many ways to do it ?

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Old 07-26-2011
Data Why use RADIUS for authentication as there are many ways to do it ?

I guess I probably ask a dumb question but why use RADIUS for authentication as there are many ways to do it, as authentication is basically a user/password check?

What is the benifit(s) of using it ?

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Old 07-27-2011
Did you read anything about RADIUS before asking that question? From off the top of my head:
  • Network enabled
  • Platform independent
  • Serves authentication (are you who you say you are), authorization (are you allowed to do what you intend), and accounting (who used how many resources during what time)
  • Authentication can be almost anything (User/Password, Secret Key, Tokens, OTPs, ...) with almost any backend (LDAP, Database, flat file, ...)
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Old 07-27-2011
Of course I know AAA and have a basic idea of what RADIUS does and that why I asked this question b/c there are many ways to do what RADIUS can do.

So my question is why choosing it over the other and you said because it can do the job. Smilie

Last edited by qiulang; 07-27-2011 at 07:53 AM..
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Old 07-27-2011
Which other? What requirements do you have? Your first question sounded like you wanted information on why people choose RADIUS and I gave a few.
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