Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late October. Along with a slew of other features, it will be among the first to support the 802.11w standard to protect Management Frames for client devices on Wi-Fi networks. So does or will Tomato support 802.11w ? What is 802.11w ? 802.11w is an IEEE standard based on Cisco’s Management Frame Protection(MFP), a feature that was first supported on autonomous access points in release 12.3(8)JA in 2006 and in the unified release 184.108.40.206 in 2008. 802.11w isn’t a new standard. IEEE ratified the 802.11w standard in 2009, however the adoption has been slow to date, but that is expected to change with Windows 8. Why do I care about 802.11w ? One of the coolest features in that release was a Cisco innovation around protecting management frames. As many of you may know, 802.11 frames such as Authenticate, De-authenticate, Associate, Dis-associate are sent in the clear (a.k.a. in an unsecured manner). This could allow a potential attacker to spoof management frames from a valid device and run Denial of Service (DOS) attack by sending de-authenticate/disassociate frames. When MFP is enabled, the sending device adds a cryptographic hash to create a message integrity check (MIC) and embeds that within the Information Element (IE) of every management frame. Thus when another device in the network receives the frame, it is able to verify that the authenticity of the source. In case a single invalid frame is received on the network, it will be dropped, as well as, an Intrusion Detection System alert will be received - this means zero day protection! This is head's up notice... For further details visit the Cisco website... http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/get-your-wi-fi-network-ready-for-windows-8/ Cheers!!!