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 APs  in WiOS. Please refer to WiOS administrator guide and Cisco Meraki 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 Cisco Meraki APs you will need access to Meraki Dashboard.
  • Configuring WiOS you will need the WAN public IP address, MAC address, RADIUS secret and other details from Meraki Dashboard.
  • You need an active WiOS account. Please contact Wifi-soft sales to create your WiOS account.

WiOS Setup

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 (Cisco Meraki) 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. Please note that you need to enable Mac Authentication feature in the Meraki settings.

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 the gateway/controller. 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.

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


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
 in the Host field. Enter authentication port number 1812 in Port field. Enter secret in the Secret field. You need to copy the secret from the Edit Network section in WiOS. The secret for the Meraki network is auto-generated in WiOS


RADIUS Accounting

Select RADIUS accounting is enabled from the RADIUS Accounting drop down list. Please note that you need to contact Meraki support to enable Accounting feature on your Meraki dashboard. This feature is not enabled by default when you purchase Meraki.

RADIUS Accounting Servers

(under RADIUS Accounting Servers section) Click Add a server link. Enter server IP address as in the Host field. Enter accounting port number as 1813 in Port field. Enter secret in the Secret field. Secret should match the secret the shared secret auto-generated in WiOS. The shared secret for this network will be listed under Edit Network section in WiOS

Wall garden

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

Wall garden ranges

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

If you setup your own captive portal, then you need to add the web domain for your captive portal.

Save Changes

Click Save Changes button to save the changes.

Captive Portal Page


You need to configure the following parameters on the captive portal page

1. Splash page URL - This is the URL that you can copy from the WiOS captive portal section. WiOS will generate the captive portal for each network. You need to copy the complete URL including the parameters. e.g.

2. Redirect URL - This is the URL that the user will visit after successful login. You can put any URL of your choice. E.g.

Save all the settings. 

This completes the configuration of Cisco Meraki APs with WiOS cloud.

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