Changing the Quiet Period

The quiet period is the idle time between failed client authentications. There are many reasons for an authentication failure, such as invalid username or password entry. During the quiet period, the switch does not accept or initiate any authentication requests. Setting the quiet period to a smaller number provides faster response time to the client. The following syntax in interface configuration mode enables you to change the quiet period:

dotlx timeout quiet-period seconds

The seconds parameter is the time the switch remains in the quiet state following a failed authentication. The range is from 1 to 65,535. The default value is 60.

Example 18-6 shows a sample configuration of the quiet period set to 45 seconds on port 3 of a Cisco Catalyst switch.

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