Configuring Zyxel hotspot gateways

Purpose of this document

  • This document should be used in conjunction with Zyxel user guide for configuring your Zyxel gateways in WiFiLAN. Please refer to WiFiLAN administrator guide, and Zyxel 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 Zyxel 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 Zyxel 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 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 Zyxel 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.

 

 

Zyxel Setup

It is assumed that that you have properly connected your Zyxel gateway with a broadband connection, which has a static or dynamic public IP address. Your Zyxel gateway admin interface is accessible either via LAN interface or via the public WAN interface.

  1. Open web browser, and enter the Zyxel web address. And press Enter. Zyxel welcome screen appears.
  2. Click Authentication tab under Advanced tab.

  3. Select Built-in Authentication radio button.

  4. Click RADIUS tab under Advanced tab. RADIUS setup page appears.

Fields & Buttons

Description

Enable

Select Enable radio button.

Accumulation Idle Time Out

Enter idle time out in minutes in Accumulation Idle Time Out field.

Time to Finish (Idle Timeout will be disable)

Select Time to Finish (Idle Timeout will be disable) radio button.

Primary RADIUS Server

Server IP Address

Enter server IP address as 166.78.136.12 in the Server IP address field.

Authentication Port

Enter authentication port number 1812 in Authentication Port field.

Accounting Port

Enter accounting port number 1813 in Accounting Port field.

Shared Secret Key

Enter the RADIUS server secret in the Shared Secret Key field. The secret should match the secret of WiFiLan.

Secondary RADIUS Server

Server IP Address

Enter server IP address as 74.208.78.152 in the Server IP address field.

Authentication Port

Enter authentication port number 1812 in Authentication Port field.

Accounting Port

Enter accounting port number 1813 in Accounting Port field.

Shared Secret Key

Enter the RADIUS server secret in the Shared Secret Key field. The secret should match the secret of WiFiLan.

Retry times when primary fail

Select number of retry times when primary fail from Retry times when primary fail drop down menu.

Accounting Service

Select Enable radio button for Accounting Service.

Interim Update Time

Enter interim update time to 10 in Interim Update Time field.

Authentication Method

Select CHAP from Authentication Method drop down menu.

Submit

Click Submit to save the changes.

Login Page Customization

  1. Select Redirect radio button under Login Page tab. And enter the login page URL. The URL will be hosted by Wifi-soft server or on your web browser.

  2. Select Standard radio button if you want to use the Standard in-built login page. And enter the details in the table below Standard radio button.

Passthrough URLs

  1. Click Passthrough tab under Advanced tab. Passthrough URLs page appears.

  2. Select Enable from the Pass Through drop down menu.

  3. Select URL or Website radio button, and enter passthrough URL in the field. Make sure you enter wifi-soft.com, w1.wifi-soft.com, wp1.wifi-soft.com in the URL link field. Please note that the DNS setting of the gateway should be correctly configured for the name resolution to work correctly. If you are hosting the external login page on your web server, then you will need to enter the domain name of your web server.

  4. Click Portal Page tab and configure the welcome page (portal page). The portal page will be displayed to the user once the user successfully logs in.

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