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    I would google search this however, I am not sure what I am looking for.

    So I thought I would ask you guys.

    There is a huge wifi network where I live. To access there network you have to have a correct MAC address and a certificate installed on your computer.

    I am assuming that it's a .cer file.

    My question is, what does this cer file do?
    Does it just tell the server that you are spouse to be there and to allow you to access the network.

    Does anyone know of any good documents I can read what will make this clear to me?

    I would also like to find out if this is a good way to secure a wifi network. Also would like to know how to set up a wifi network what needs a cer file.

    Thanks in advance,
    The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments.
    They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and... and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.

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    Re: what are certificate used for?

    Originally posted by INIT_6 View Post
    I would google search this however, I am not sure what I am looking for.

    So I thought I would ask you guys.

    There is a huge wifi network where I live. To access there network you have to have a correct MAC address and a certificate installed on your computer.

    I am assuming that it's a .cer file.

    My question is, what does this cer file do?
    Does it just tell the server that you are spouse to be there and to allow you to access the network.

    Does anyone know of any good documents I can read what will make this clear to me?

    I would also like to find out if this is a good way to secure a wifi network. Also would like to know how to set up a wifi network what needs a cer file.

    Thanks in advance,
    I am guessing this might be EAP or some variety of it. You might also try RFC-3748.
    "\x74\x68\x65\x70\x72\x65\x7a\x39\x38";

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    • #3
      Re: what are certificate used for?

      They are probably refering to an SSL certificate. Which they may be using a device Similar to a "Blue Socket" for wireless authentication and possibly encryption(?). They use said Blue Socket device where I go to school so it's what I'm familiar with.

      a few more Goggle Searches worth trying(forgive me if some of these are below your level):
      Public Key Infrastructure
      SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
      Secure HTTP
      VeriSign ( a provider of Cert's)

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      • #4
        Re: what are certificate used for?

        This article might help you understand certificates a bit better, I thought it was pretty interesting.

        http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com...track=identity
        In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy." - John Sawhill

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        • #5
          Re: what are certificate used for?

          Pfff, that article doesn't even go into the coolness of the Euler phi/totient function or how boned we are if somebody ever figures out a good way to factor big integers.

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          • #6
            Re: what are certificate used for?

            Originally posted by BonzoESC View Post
            Pfff, that article doesn't even go into the coolness of the Euler phi/totient function or how boned we are if somebody ever figures out a good way to factor big integers.
            I thought the article was amazing. I wept.

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            • #7
              Re: what are certificate used for?

              Thanks for the info, I read through those documents not exactly what I was looking for but the articles were great. I just think I was thinking something else, what was wrong. I understand better now what cert are used for.

              Thanks again.
              The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments.
              They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and... and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.

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