The devices that do not support 5GC NAS signalling over WLAN access are referred to as "Non-5G-Capable over WLAN" devices, or N5CW devices for short. A N5CW device is not capable to operate as a 5G UE that supports 5GC NAS signalling over a WLAN access network, however, it may be capable to operate as a 5G UE over NG-RAN.
specifies the 5GC architectural enhancements that enable N5CW devices to access 5GC via trusted WLAN access networks. A trusted WLAN access network is a particular type of a Trusted Non-3GPP Access Network (TNAN) that supports a WLAN access technology, e.g. IEEE 802.11. Not all trusted WLAN access networks support 5GC access from N5CW devices. To support 5GC access from N5CW devices, a trusted WLAN access network must support the special functionality specified below (e.g. it must support a TWIF function).
When a N5CW device performs an EAP-based access authentication procedure to connect to a trusted WLAN access network, the N5CW device may simultaneously be registered to a 5GC of a PLMN. The 5GC registration is performed by the TWIF function (see next clause) in the trusted WLAN access network, on behalf of the N5CW device. The type of EAP authentication procedure, which is used during the 5GC registration to authenticate the N5CW device, is specified in TS 33.501
. In this Release of the specification, Trusted WLAN Access for N5CW Device only supports IP PDU Session type.