Virtual WiFi: Bring Virtualization From Wired to Wireless

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Executive Summary

As virtualization trend is moving towards "Client virtualization", wireless virtualization remains to be one of the technology gaps that haven't been addressed satisfactorily. Today's approaches are mainly developed for wired network, and are not suitable for virtualizing wireless network interface due to the fundamental differences between wireless and wired LAN devices that the authors will elaborate in this paper. They propose a wireless LAN virtualization approach named virtual WiFi that addresses the technology gap. With the proposed solution, the full wireless LAN functionalities are supported inside virtual machines; each virtual machine can establish its own connection with self-supplied credentials; and multiple separate wireless LAN connections are supported through one physical wireless LAN network interface.

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