How To

How to Generate Certificate Signing Request on 3Com Wireless LAN

Before you can generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for your 3Com Wireless Lan Switch and Controller, you will need to create the private key from which your CSR can then in turn be created.

  • Running the following command should elicit the response key pair generatedand generate a 2048-bit private key.WX1200#crypto generate key web 2048

    In the above example, "web" represents a certificate for web access so users can use a web page to log onto an unencrypted SSID. To create a certificate for "eap" (802.1X access for network users who can access SSIDs encryped by WEP or WPA, or users connecting with wired authentication ports) or "admin" access (through your 3Com Wireless Switch Manager or Web Manager), use those aliases in place of "web."

  • After you have finished creating your key, go ahead and run the following command to create a CSR for certificate signing. You will send the CSR to us, and they will use it to generate the certificate that you will install to your device.crypto generate request web

    You will want to use same option (admin, eap, or web) as was used in creating the key, depending on the function for which your certificate is being generated.

  • You will then be prompted to enter information that will be included in your certificate by the certificate authority:
    1. Country Name
    2. State Name: NJ (your state or province)
    3. Locality Name: Clifton (usually the location of your main office, not necessarily your current location)
    4. Organizational Name: XYZ Inc (your company name)
    5. Organizational Unit: IT (your business unit)
    6. Common Name: www.example.com (the FQDN by which you will connect to your device, can also be an internal name)
    7. Email Address: example@domain.com
    8. Unstructured Name: (leave blank, if possible, otherwise enter NA and continue)

    If completed successfully, you will be provided with an encrypted text file called a CSR. You will copy and paste the entire body of this file to us when requesting your certificate.