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FIPS 140-2 Certification - Questions & Answers

FIPS 140-2 Questions & Answers

Q1: What is FIPS?
FIPS is the Federal Information Processing Standard.

  • It consists of 4 levels; FIPS 140-2 is the baseline requirement.
  • Federal, State and Local Governments in the United States often require FIPS conformance in any product that implements security.

Q2: Does Intel provide FIPS certification for its WiFi adapters?
Yes. These drivers are available through 3rd party vendors.

Q3: Which models of the Intel® Wireless Adapters are FIPS validated?

Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 62501
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 62001
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 63001
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiFi/WiMAX Link 53502
Intel® WiFi Link 51002
Intel® WiFi Link 53002

1 The Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250, Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200, and Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 are supported by 3eTI and Cisco.
2 The Intel® WiFi/WiMAX Link 5350, Intel® WiFi Link 5100 and Intel® WiFi Link 5300 are supported by Juniper.

Q4: What operating systems do you support?
Microsoft Windows XP* 32-bit - Use 3rd party FIPS client from 3eTI or Cisco
Microsoft Windows Vista* - FIPS supported natively by the operating system
Microsoft Windows 7* - FIPS supported natively by the operating system

Q5: How can I obtain the FIPS 140-2 certified driver for the Intel® Wireless Adapters?
Contact 3eTI or Cisco for FIPS client pricing. See links below.

Q6: What are the required components of a FIPS validated solution?

  • Intel WiFi Driver designed to work with FIPS certified libraries
  • 3rd party client with FIPS certified libraries (available from 3eTI or Cisco).
  • Secure RADIUS server and FIPS validated Access Point

Q7: Can I continue using Intel® PROSet/Wireless with a FIPS driver?
No. FIPS requires using a 3rd party WiFi connection utility such as from 3eTI or Cisco.

Q8: Where can I obtain additional information about FIPS?

Q9: What are the key features of the FIPS certification?

  • IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.1x
  • EAP-TLS, AES-CCMP
  • WPA2 with 128-bit AES Security
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • X.509 Certificates
  • VPN compatibility
  • Common Criteria compliance

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-023250
Last Modified: 09-Apr-2014
Date Created: 24-Aug-2006
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