Setting the RADIUS Configuration

Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) is a client/server protocol and software enabling remote access servers to authenticate users and authorize their access. RADIUS is a distributed client/server system that secures networks against unauthorized access. RADIUS clients send authentication requests to the controller, service platform or access point's local RADIUS server containing user authentication and network service access information.

RADIUS enables centralized management of authentication data (usernames and passwords). When a client attempts to associate to the controller, service platform or access point, authentication requests are sent to the RADIUS server. Authentication and encryption takes place through the use of a shared secret password (not transmitted over the network).

The local RADIUS server stores the user database locally, and can optionally use a remote user database. It ensures higher accounting performance. It allows the configuration of multiple users, and assign policies for the group authorization.

The access point allows the enforcement of user-based policies. User policies include dynamic VLAN assignment and access based on time of day. The access point uses a default trustpoint. A certificate is required for EAP TTLS,PEAP and TLS RADIUS authentication (configured with the RADIUS service).

Dynamic VLAN assignment is achieved based on the RADIUS server response. A user who associates to WLAN1 (mapped to VLAN1) can be assigned a different VLAN after authentication with the RADIUS server. This dynamic VLAN assignment overrides the WLAN's VLAN ID to which the user associates.

To view RADIUS configurations:

  1. Select the Configuration tab from the main menu.
  2. Select the Services tab.

    The upper, left-hand side pane of the user interface displays the RADIUS option. The RADIUS Group screen displays by default.

For information on creating the groups, user pools and server policies needed to validate user credentials against a server policy configuration, refer to the following: