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Theme fund: NGI Zero Core
Start: 2024-04
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Dynamic Tunneling of WPA over IP/L2TP

OpenHarbors wants to establish a novel approach for secure communication over an untrusted Wifi network - and beyond: Dynamic tunneling of WPA over IP/L2TP. Why? Because current, secure solutions are not satisfactory: They are either hard to set up, require extra software in advance or are not applicable on an open wireless community mesh network like Freifunk.

OpenHarbors will utilize and implement WPA Enterprise with an extra twist: Instead of providing an encryption channel only between your mobile device and the direct WLAN access point you will be able to securely dial-out at any location on the internet you trust and choose and are granted access to. Without the hassle of installing and setting up an extra VPN software on your phone. Without the need of a trusted WLAN access point operator model or closed source firmware, in contrast to current approaches with Passpoint/Hotspot 2.0/eduroam/WBA OpenRoaming and similar - which all are conceptually not applicable on open wireless community mesh networks.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101092990.