Campus and ISP Modes

Network login supports two modes of operation, Campus and ISP.

Campus mode is intended for mobile users who tend to move from one port to another and connect at various locations in the network. ISP mode is meant for users who connect through the same port and VLAN each time (the switch functions as an ISP).

In Campus mode, the clients are placed into a permanent VLAN following authentication with access to network resources. For wired ports, the port is moved from the temporary to the permanent VLAN.

In ISP mode, the port and VLAN remain constant. Before the supplicant is authenticated, the port is in an unauthenticated state. After authentication, the port forwards packets.

You do not explicitly configure the mode of operation; rather, the presence of any Extreme Networks Vendor Specific Attribute (VSA) that has a VLAN name or VLAN ID (any VLAN attribute) in the RADIUS server determines the mode of operation. If a VLAN attribute is present, it is assumed to be Campus mode. If a VLAN attribute is not present, it is assumed to be ISP mode.


When a client is authenticated in multiple VLANs using campus mode: 1) If any of the authenticated VLANs are deleted manually from a port or globally, the client is unauthenticated from all VLANs; and 2) If traffic is not seen on a particular VLAN then the FDB (forwarding database) entry ages out and is deleted; the client itself remains authenticated and the FDB entry is reinstalled either when traffic is detected on that VLAN or when the client reauthenticates. For additional information on Campus and ISP mode operation on ports that support network login and STP, see Exclusions and Limitations.