Applying the IEEE 802.1X protocol to wireless networking in conjunction with 802.11 dramatically simplifies the management of secure wireless LANs. The IEEE 802.1X protocol can also be used to manage policy-based bandwidth provisioning and VLAN support in conjunction with 802.11e. This paper examines and explores the current application of 802.1X to wireless networking situations, its important role in today’s network security, and future directions for the protocol.