Configuring Nomadix hotspot gateways

Purpose of this document

  • This document should be used in conjunction with Nomadix user guide for configuring your Nomadix gateways in WiFiLAN. Please refer to WiFiLAN administrator guide and Nomadix user guide for detail information.
  • It assumes that the user has basic knowledge of networking including configuring subnet mask, RADIUS setting, default gateway and DNS configuration.
  • In order to configure Nomadix you will need a public 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, MAC address, RADIUS secret and serial number  of your Nomadix gateway.
  • You need an active WiFiLAN account. Please contact Wifi-soft sales to create your WiFiLAN account.

 

WiFiLAN Setup

Add New Hotspot:

  1. Open a web browser and type http://w1.wifi-soft.net/wifilan/ 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

Description

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.

Address

Enter the address of the location in the Address field.

City

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

State

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.

Latitude

Enter the Latitude of the location in the Latitude field.

Longitude

Enter the Longitude of the location in the Longitude field.

Type

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.

Submit

Click Submit button to save the changes.


Then, enter the details of the gateway

Fields & Buttons

Description

Device Type

Select Nomadix 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 http://www.whatismyip.org. It will display your current public IP address.

Secret

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

NAS ID

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.

Description

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.

 

Nomadix Setup

We have assumed that you have properly connected your Nomadix gateway a broadband connection that has a static public IP address. Additionally, your Nomadix gateway admin interface is accessible either via the LAN interface or via the public WAN interface as shown in the figure below.

 

Next, you need to click on the Configuration folder listed in the left frame and then on the AAA link.

Make sure that the AAA services link is checked on this tab and the Logout IP is set to 1.1.1.1. Also make sure that the Internal Web Server link is selected as shown below.

Ensure that the Portal Page is enabled. Please enter the URL of the external login page in the Portal Page URL section. To build your external login page, please refer to Captive Portal Design guide. It will provide you step-by-step instructions to build branded, mobile-friendly splash pages.

 

Make sure that Parameter Passing and Usernames checkboxes are enabled. Uncheck New Subscriber checkbox since we are using external mechanism for registering new subscribers.

Save the changes.

Next you need to add a RADIUS server profile for your Nomadix.

To add a new profile, click on the Realm-based Routing option on the left and then click on the Add button in the RADIUS service profile section. 

Fill the new profile form with the RADIUS server settings. Please contact Wifi-soft for the correct IP address of your RADIUS server.

Enter the desired secret key. Please remember this key since you will need it while configuring your gateway in WiFiLAN.

Next check the Enable Accounting check box. For RADIUS servers enter the same information and for port number, please enter 1813.

In retransmission section, make sure that the round-robin is checked and set the Retransmission Delay to 10 seconds and Retransmission Attempts to 2.

The default RADIUS server is as follows:

Server Name

IP Address

Authentication

Port

Accounting Port

Primary RADIUS server

166.78.136.12

1812

1813

If your RADIUS servers are different, please enter the ones that Wifi-soft has assigned for you.

 

Once the profile is configured, you need to enable it under RADIUS client settings.

Click on the RADIUS client menu option on the left. You will see the screen as shown below

Select Realm-Based RADIUS mode and select the newly entered RADIUS service profile from the drop-down list.

Next enable the Miscellaneous options as shown above. If you have a NAS identification scheme, enter the NAS identifier for the controller here.

If you want guest to go to a default post-login (welcome) page, enable URL Redirection.

Next, we need to configure Pass-through addresses for the login portal. Click on the Pass-through Addresses link in the left frame.

Make sure that the Enable checkbox at the top of the page is checked. In the IP/DNS Name, enter the following IP addresses: 166.78.136.12 and 50.56.178.143. You need to add one at a time. Additionally, you also need to add the following pass-through URLs:

Additionally, you can also enter the URL of your website if you want your customers to pass-through without having to authenticate against the RADIUS serv

er.

 

 

 

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