Configuring CRADLAPOINT Routers/Access Points

Purpose of this document

  • This document should be used in conjunction with CRADLEPOINT user guide for configuring your CRADLEPOINT gateways in WiFiLAN. Please refer to WiFiLAN administrator guide and CRADLEPOINT user guide for detail information.
  • It is assumed that the user has basic knowledge of networking including configuring subnet mask, RADIUS setting, default gateway and DNS configuration.
  • In order to configure CRADLEPOINT you will need a static IP address, Subnet mask, default gateway and DNS information given to you by your Internet Service Provider. Please keep this information handy while setting up your gateway.
  • Configuring WiFiLan you will need the WAN public IP address, AP MAC address, RADIUS secret, serial number and public IP address of your CRADLEPOINT gateway.
  • You need an active WiFiLan account. Please contact Wifi-soft sales to create your WiFiLan account.



WiFiLAN Setup

Add Hotspot:

  1. Open a web browser and type and press Enter. Welcome screen of WiFiLan appears.
  2. Click the Hotspot link under Authentication section.
  3. Click the Add New Hotspot tab. The New Hotspot page appears.

Fields and Buttons


Hotspot Plan

Select the plan for the hotspot based on number of concurrent users.

Hotspot Name

Enter the name of the hotspot in the Hotspot Name field.


Enter the address of the location in the Address field.


Enter the name of the city of the location in the City field.


Select the name of the state from the State drop down list.

Zip Code

Enter the zip code of the location in the Zip Code field.


Enter the Latitude of the location in the Latitude field.


Enter the Longitude of the location in the Longitude field.


Select the type of location from the Type drop down menu.

Is Paid

Click Is Paid check box if the location is charged.

Auto MAC Register

Select Auto MAC Register check box to enable the auto login feature in WiFiLan.


Click Submit button to save the changes.

Then, enter the details of the gateway

Fields & Buttons


Device Type

Select Cradlepoint from the Device Type drop down menu.

Public IP Address

Enter Public IP Address of the gateway in the IP Address field. If your broadband connection is having a dynamic IP, please enter the current IP address. WiFiLAN will work even when the IP address changes. In this case, WiFiLAN uses the MAC address or NAS ID of the router to validate the packet.

If you don't know the public IP, connect to your modem and type It will display your current public IP address.


Enter the RADIUS secret configured in the gateway in the Secret field.


Enter an Unique NAS Identifier for the device in the NAS ID field.

MAC Address

Enter the MAC address of the WAN port in the MAC Address field.


Enter a short description for the device

Once the hotspot is added, WiFiLAN will be ready to start accepting AAA requests from the gateway/controller. When the hotspot is added, WiFiLAN will automatically add a user group for that hotspot. The space in the hotspot name is replaced with underscore for the user group name.

Now you will need to design a captive portal for your hotspot and generate a URL that can be configured in the gateway/controller's settings.

Please refer to the captive portal design guide for steps to design your custom captive portal.


Cradlepoint Setup

It is assumed that you have properly connected your CRADLEPOINT gateway with broadband connection. You can use both static or dynamic IP address for your broadband connection. Your CRADLEPOINT gateway admin interface is accessible either via LAN interface or via public WAN interface.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you are using firmware version 3.4.1 or higher version.


  1. Open web browser, and enter CRADLEPOINT web address in the address bar, and press Enter.
  2. Enter Username, and Password.
  3. Click Login. CRADLEPOINT welcome appears.
  4. Under CRADLEPOINT administration click Network Settings.
  5. Click Guest LAN under WiFi & Local Network.


Fields & Buttons



Enter a unique name in the Name field.


Enter hostname in Hostname field.

IP Address

Enter the IP address in IP Address field.


Enter the IP range with subnet mask for your guest network in the Netmask field.

Routing Mode

Select Hotspot from the Routing Mode drop down menu.

In Network side


  1. Enter SSID name in the WiFi Name (SSID)
  2. Select Isolate check box.
  3. Select Enabled check box.
  4. Select Open from the Security Mode drop down menu.


Access Control tab


  1. Select LAN Isolation check box.
  2. Select Admin Access check box.

Advanced Settings

  1. Select the bandwidth from the WiFi band drop down menu.
  2. Select Channel from Channel drop down menu.
  3. Enter client timeout in Client Timeout


DNS Settings

Go to DNS settings page.

  1. Select Static from Automatic Config drop down menu.
  2. Enter primary DNS in the Primary DNS (You can use primary DNS provided by your ISP or use the openDNS or google DNS IP addresses)
  3. Enter secondary DNS in the Secondary DNS field. (You can use secondary DNS provided by your ISP or use the open DNS ones)


Hotspot Settings 

Click Networking and then on Local Networks. Under Local Networks, Hotspot Services option appears. Click on the Hotspot Services to view the following page:


Fields & Buttons


Hotspot Settings

Hotspot Mode

Select RADIUS/UAM from the Hotspot Mode drop down menu.

Allow Servie on 3G/4G modems

Check this box if you are using 3G or 4G backhaul for your Internet. If you are connecting router to Ethernet (WAN) then uncheck the box.

Hotspot/UAM Authentication Port

Enter 8080 in Hotspot/UAM Authentication field.

RADIUS Settings

Server Address 1

Enter server IP address as in the Server Address 1 field.

Server Address 2

Leave this blank

Authentication Port

Enter authentication port number 1812 in Authentication Port field.

Accounting Port

Enter accounting port number 1813 in Accounting Port field.

Shared Secret

Enter shared secret in the Shared Secret field. Shared secret should match the secret in WiFiLan.

Confirm Secret

Re-enter shared secret in the Confirm Secret field. Shared secret should match the secret in WiFiLan.


Select "Administrator defined URL" radio button for Redirection.

enter the following URL in this field:

Session, Idle Timeout and Bandwidth 

Select appropriate values or leave default

UAM Settings

Under UAM settings


  1. Enter the captive portal URL under Login URL field. You will get the URL from Portal:: URLs section in WiFiLAN dashboard.  Example : (This URL is for example only. Don't use this URL.)
  2. Leave the Splash Page URL empty
  3. Keep the Shared Secret field blank. (No white space allowed). Make sure you do not enter anything in this field.
  4. Enter the NAS/Gateway ID in the NAS/Gateway. You will get the NAS ID from WiFiLAN Dashboard. Go to Authentication -> Hotspot menu. Click on the blue "Edit" button to view the NAS ID of your router. Please copy the NASID as shown on the Edit Hotspot page.


Passthrough/ Wall Garden URL

Configure the passthrough/ wall garden URLs. These URLs will be accessible to the user before authentication.


Click Add button, and enter following URLs one by one

in the Wall garden ranges field. Enter any other wall garden URL in the Wall garden ranges field.


Configuring Local Network

Once the hotspot settings are added, you need to configure the Local IP Networks. To configure your network, click on Networking and then on Local Network. Next click on the Local IP Networks to view the configured networks.

The page displays the details for each IP network. To configure the hotspot mode for the particular network, check the box next to Guest LAN and click on the "Edit" button. Please note that you will need to select the interfaces (attached interfaces) for the network for running the hotspot.


The following window will show up. Click on the IPv4 Settings option and change the IPv4 Routing Mode from NAT to Hotspot.

Save the settings. 


Connect your CRADLEPOINT node to the Internet via 3G or 4G modem, and connect your computer/laptop to CRADLEPOINT network over wireless. You will receive an IP address from the CRADLEPOINT. If everything is correctly configured, you should receive the captive portal in your browser.

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