Configuring Wifisoft AP (UniMax)

Purpose of this document

  • This document explains how to configure UniMax access points with WiOS platform.
  • It assumes that the user has basic knowledge of networking including configuring subnet mask, RADIUS setting, default gateway and DNS configuration.
  • You will need the MAC addresses of the UniMax access points before you begin the configuration. 
  • You also need an active WiOS account. Please contact Wifi-soft sales to create your WiOS account.

Step 1: Add New Network:

  1. Open a web browser and type and press Enter. Welcome screen of WiOS Cloud appears.

  2. Click the Networks link under Network Administration section.

  3. Click on the + sign in the top right corner tab. The New Network page appears.


Fields and Buttons


Network Name

Enter the name of your network/hotspot

Device Type

Select the device type (Wifisoft APs) of your hotspot gateway or controller


Select the type of venue


Displays the address of the network. You need to use the map to locate your address on the map. If you know the address, type the address in the search box on the map and click on search button. The map will display the marker for the address. If you unable to find the exact address, drag the map so the marker is pointing to correct location on the map.


The country where the hotspot is located.


The latitude of the network location


The longitude of the network location


Click Submit button to save the changes.

Once the network is added, go back to the List Network page and locate the network that you have recently added.

Then, click on the edit button for the given network.

At the bottom of the page, you will find the Enable hotspot option.

Check this option to enable hotspot for this network. The hotspot settings appear below the form.


Fields & Buttons


Enable hotspot

Check this option if you want to enable hotspot service for this network.


Enable autologin for this location. Autologin helps end users connect to hotspot automatically without having to login each time. The MAC address of the device is used to identify the device on the network and system automatically validates the MAC address of the device and authenticates it. 

Validity Period

The time period for autologin to remain active. After the given period, the autologin entry is deleted and user will have to relogin.

Auto MAC Capture

Instructs the system to capture the user's MAC address automatically during first login. This option will ensure that user will remain online even if he has disconnected on the network for some time.


Auto generated NAS ID for the gateway. This NAS Id should be added to the gateway so it can authenticate with the system. You need to copy the NAD ID and enter it in the gateway settings.


Shared secret between gateway and RADIUS server. You need to add the secret to the gateway. The secret is used to encrypt the communication between gateway and RADIUS server. You need to copy the shared secret and enter it in the RADIUS settings of the gateway.

IP Address

Enter the Public IP address of the gateway if you know it. Otherwise use the default one.


Select the plan based on your requirements. The plan will restrict the number of concurrent devices allowed on the network.

Interim Interval

Enter the interim interval for the accounting packets in seconds. Sometime this setting needs to be done on the gateway.

Once the hotspot is enabled, WiOS will be ready to start accepting AAA requests from this network. When the hotspot is added, WiOS will automatically add a default captive portal for the hotspot. You may go an edit the captive portal and customize it as per your requirements.

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.

Step 2: Create Device Profile

Next, you need to add a device profile for the network if you haven't defined any or use an existing one. The device profile will help you configure the device settings like ports, radio, presence, etc. Each access point will be associated with a device profile and it will use the settings to configure itself. If you wish to reuse an existing profile, then you dont need to create a new one.

To add new device profile, click on Profile section under Network Management. On Device Profile tab, click on the + icon on the right corner. A popup will appear as shown below.


Enter the name of the profile and select Wifisoft AP from the drop-down list. Save the settings.

Next, you need to edit the profile and make necessary changes to the profile. To edit, click on the gear icon on the list device profiles page. The first tab allows you configure the port settings - LAN and WAN port. 


 You need to select the Hotspot option for the LAN operating mode. Leave the other option unchanged.

Next, you need to configure the Radio settings for the access point. The radio settings will be used to configure the channel, power settings on each radio on the access point.


Radio 1 settings will be used to configure the 2.4 GHz radio. If you want to configure specific channel, then select the channel number from the drop-down list. The regulatory domain will be automatically selected to your country. The transmit power can be adjusted according to your requirement. The default will be set to maximum power allowed by the access point. 

Similarly set the radio settings for the other radios. 

Save the device profile settings.

Step 3: Create WLAN profile

Next step is to create WLAN profile which will define the SSIDs on the access point. You can use an existing WLAN profile or create a new one. 

To create a new WLAN profile, you need to go to the WLAN tab under profiles and click on the + sign in the top-right corner. 


Once the WLAN profile is added, you need to add SSIDs to the profile. To add SSIDs, you need to go to the List WLAN profile page and click on the View SSID icon for the given WLAN profile.


Click on the + icon to add a new SSID. A new page appears to add SSID details as shown below.


Enter the SSID name. If you want to enable hotspot, you can set the Security option to Open SSID or you can password protect it using WPA2-PSK security key. 

Max Client settings will control number of devices on each band. Broadcasting band will decide which radios will broadcast the SSID. Lastly you need to check the "Enable Hotspot" option to enable the hotspot operation on the AP. Leave the other settings to default since they are not applicable for hotspot mode.

You may add multiple SSIDs but only one SSID can be used in hotspot mode. 

Step 4: Add new access point

Once you have configure the device and WLAN profile, you are ready to add access points to your network. A network may consist of one or more access points. You can add each access point to the network and select any device and WLAN profile you wish for the AP. 

To add access point to your network, you need to click on Network option under Network Management and navigate to the Access Points tab. Click on the + sign in the top-right corner of the Access Point page.


The form should be filled out as follows:

  • AP Name: A friendly name for the access point. We recommend giving a name that helps you identify the access point easily. e.g. First Floor AP
  • Access Point Model: Select the model of the access point. The model number will be displayed on the backside of the AP. The corresponding model image will on the right when you select the model from the drop-down list
  • MAC Address: Enter the MAC address listed on the backside of the access point. Please enter the MAC address using colon as separator without spaces
  • Network Name: Select the network to which this AP will belong. The AP will appear below this network.
  • Device Profile: Select the device profile for the access point. 
  • WLAN Profile: Select the WLAN profile for the access point. The access point will broadcast the SSIDs that belong to the WLAN profile
  • AP Location Tag: Enter a short string where the AP is installed. e.g. Floor Floor

Step 5: Configuring the RADIUS settings

Once you have added all the APs under the network, you need to edit the network settings and add RADIUS and captive portal setting.

Go to Network settings by clicking on the edit button on List Networks page. Scroll down to the Radius Configuration section. Most of the entries will be added to this section by default as shown


The splash page is automatically created for the hotspot. You may later edit the captive portal to add your customization. The passthrough domains are also added by default. If you plan to host the captive portal on your own server, then you need to enter the Splash page URL and necessary passthrough domains for your server. 

Save your settings.

NOTE: The configured access points will automatically download all the configurations from the WiOS cloud within 10 minutes. Please keep the access points connected to the Internet while the configurations are downloaded. The APs will store all the configurations locally once they are downloaded.

This completes the configuration of Wifisoft UniMax APs with WiOS Cloud.

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