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EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)

Sits inside PPP authentication protocol and provides a generalized framework for several different authentication methods. EAP is used to pass the authentication information between the supplicant (the wireless workstation) and the authentication server. The actual authentication is defined and handled by the EAP type. The access point acting as authenticator is only a proxy to allow the supplicant and the authentication server to communicate.