Configuration for Cisco Meraki

The following instructions outline how to setup a Cisco Meraki network for the Smart WIFi Platform. Additional Cisco options may need to be enabled before you’re able to configure completely.

  1. Login to your Cisco Meraki Dashboard and select your desired Network.
  2. Using the menu panel to the left, select Wireless > Configure > Access Control.
  3. Select the SSID to be configured to a Marketing 4 WiFi hotspot.
    1. SSID (name): Guest WiFi (or whatever you wish)

      Please do not use any apostrophes in your SSID as it will cause an issue with Authentication.

    2. SSID Status: Enabled
    3. Security: Open (no Encryption)
    4. Splash Page: Sign-on with my RADIUS server
    5. Open the section for Advanced splash settings section
    6. Captive Portal Strength: Block all access until sign-on is complete
    7. Walled Garden: Enabled
    8. Walled Garden Ranges: Enter the required  whitelist entries based on the sign on products intended for use with this hotspot. Example: *.smartwifiplatform.com
    9. Open the RADIUS section
    10. In the RADIUS Servers section, press the Add server button twice to create a total of two RADIUS servers. Configure with-
      • Host 1: Select one
      • Port: 1812
      • Secret: Available in the Edit Hotspot page in the Marketing4WiFi dashboard, called RADIUS Secret in the dashboard.
      • Host 2: Select one
      • Port 1812
      • Secret: Available in the Edit Hotspot page in the Marketing4WiFi dashboard, called RADIUS Secret in the dashboard.
      • Press Done on both servers
    11. In the RADIUS accounting servers section, press the Add server button twice to create a total of two RADIUS accounting servers. Configure with-

      NOTE: If you do NOT see this menu option then you will need to open a case with Meraki support and ask them to enable this feature for you. Simply ask, “Please enable RADIUS Accounting for this network.”

      • Host 1: Select one
      • Port: 1813
      • Secret: Available in the Edit Hotspot page in the Marketing4WiFi dashboard, called RADIUS Secret in the dashboard.
      • Host 2: Select one
      • Port 1813
      • Secret: Available in the Edit Hotspot page in the Marketing4WiFi dashboard, called RADIUS Secret in the dashboard.
      • Press Done on both servers
    12. Data-carrier detect: Disabled
    13. Press Save
  4. Using the menu panel to the left, select Wireless>Splash Page.
    1. Select the SSID configured access control rules for in step 3.
    2. Custom Splash URL: Enabled- Select one
    3. Splash Behavior: A Different URL: Enabled- Select one
    4. Press Save Changes
  5. The configuration is complete.

 

Preventing Meraki RADIUS alerts

  1. The additional steps below are OPTIONAL. If you dont perform these extra steps then you may get a notification in your e-mail everyday from Cisco. We recommend not performing these extra steps and just turning off the notification by following these steps (from Cisco support dept): If you do not want to open the path to your RADIUS server from the Meraki cloud address (x.x.x.x), you could just turn off notifications. The way to do this would be to remove your email address from the notification section of Network-wide > General > Network alerts > Send alerts via email to:
  2. You may also need to create some firewall rules in the Meraki Dashboard (To stop some alerts from coming into your e-mail) although this is not required for the Smart WiFi Services and splash pages to function:
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  3. Add the following entries to this area:
    Allow UDP: 52.23.46.139/32 Port 1812
    Allow UDP: 52.23.46.139/32 Port 1813
    Allow UDP: 52.207.192.243/32 Port 1812
    Allow UDP: 52.207.192.243/32 Port 1813
  4. You will need those ports open from your primary ISP router as well.

Updated on July 12, 2023

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