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Definition: Diameter


An authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) protocol that replaces RADIUS (Diameter is a play on the word RADIUS). Like RADIUS, Diameter uses a challenge/response method; however, unlike RADIUS, Diameter uses the reliable TCP and SCTP protocols rather than the unreliable UDP for transport. Diameter also supports error reporting and is better at scaling than RADIUS. See RADIUS, network access server and challenge/response.