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Which term describes the role of a Cisco switch in the 802.1X port-based access control?

  • agent
  • supplicant
  • authenticator
  • authentication server
Explanation & Hint:

802.1X port-based authentication defines specific roles for the devices in the network:

  • Client (Supplicant) – The device that requests access to LAN and switch services
  • Switch (Authenticator) – Controls physical access to the network based on the authentication status of the client
  • Authentication server – Performs the actual authentication of the client

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