Configuring Meraki Access Points

Purpose of this document

  • This document should be used in conjunction with Cisco Meraki user guide for configuring your Cisco Meraki gateways in WiFiLAN. Please refer to WiFiLAN administrator guide and Cisco Meraki 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 Cisco Meraki 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 CISCO MERAKI 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 Meraki 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.

 

 

Cisco Meraki Setup

To setup Cisco Meraki

  1. Open web browser, and enter Cisco Meraki web address in the address bar, and press Enter.
  2. Enter Email Id and Password.
  3. Click Login. Cisco Meraki welcome appears.

Click Access Control link under Wireless link (in the left pane). Access Control Page appears.

Fields & Buttons

Description

Sign-on with

(Under Splash Page section) Select the Sign-on with radio button, and select my RADIUS server from the drop down list.

RADIUS for splash page

(under RADIUS for splash page section) Click Add a server link. Enter server IP address as 166.78.136.12 in the Host field. Enter authentication port number 1812 in Port field. Enter secret in the Secret field. Secret should match the secret in WiFiLan.

Click Add a server link. Enter secondary server IP address as 74.208.78.152 in the Host field. Enter authentication port number 1812 in Port field. Enter secret in the Secret field. Secret should match the secret in WiFiLan.

 

RADIUS Accounting

Select RADIUS accounting is enabled from the RADIUS Accounting drop down list.

RADIUS Accounting Servers

(under RADIUS Accounting Servers section) Click Add a server link. Enter server IP address as 166.78.136.12 in the Host field. Enter accounting port number as 1813 in Port field. Enter secret in the Secret field. Secret should match the secret in WiFiLan.

Click Add a server link. Enter secondary server IP address as 74.208.78.152 in the Host field. Enter accounting port number as 1813 in Port field. Enter secret in the Secret field. Secret should match the secret in WiFiLan.

Wall garden

Select Wall garden is enabled from Wall garden drop down list.

Wall garden ranges

Enter www.wifi-soft.com, w1.wifi-soft.com, wp1.wifi-soft.com in the Wall garden ranges field. Enter any other wall garden URL in the Wall garden ranges field.

Save Changes

Click Save Changes button to save the changes.

Captive Portal Page

  1. Select Or provide a URL where users will be redirected radio button for Custom Splash URL, and enter http://wp1.wifi-soft.com/portal/default/index.php?n=wp1&c=3&l=13 in the given field.
  2. Select A different URL radio button for Where should users go after the splash page, and enter http://wp1.wifi-soft.com/portal/default/loginIframeSuccess.php in the given field.

 

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