Dynamic VLAN Assignment with RADIUS Server and Aironet Access Points

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Jan 5th, 2010
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Hi Guys,

I would like to go for "Dynamic VLAN Assignment with RADIUS Server and Aironet Access Points 1300". I want the AP to broadcast only 1 SSID. The client find the SSID ->put in his user credential->Raudius athentication->assign him to an specific vlan based on his groupship.

The problem here is that I don't have a AP controller but only configurable Aironet Access Points 1300. I can connect to the radius server, but I am not sure how to confirgure the AP's port, radio port, vlan and SSID.


I go through some references:

3.5  RADIUS-Based VLAN Access Control

As discussed earlier, each SSID is mapped to a default VLAN-ID on the wired side. The IT administrator may wish to impose back end (such as RADIUS)-based VLAN access control using 802.1X or MAC address authentication mechanisms. For example, if the WLAN is set up such that all VLANs use 802.1X and similar encryption mechanisms for WLAN user access, then a user can "hop" from one VLAN to another by simply changing the SSID and successfully authenticating to the access point (using 802.1X). This may not be preferred if the WLAN user is confined to a particular VLAN.

There are two different ways to implement RADIUS-based VLAN access control features:

1. RADIUS-based SSID access control: Upon successful 802.1X or MAC address authentication, the RADIUS server passes back the allowed SSID list for the WLAN user to the access point or bridge. If the user used an SSID on the allowed SSID list, then the user is allowed to associate to the WLAN. Otherwise, the user is disassociated from the access point or bridge.

2. RADIUS-based VLAN assignment: Upon successful 802.1X or MAC address authentication, the RADIUS server assigns the user to a predetermined VLAN-ID on the wired side. The SSID used for WLAN access doesn't matter because the user is always assigned to this predetermined VLAN-ID.

extract from: Wireless Virtual LAN Deployment Guide


Dynamic VLAN Assignment with RADIUS Server and Wireless LAN Controller Configuration Example



Controller: Wireless Domain Services Configuration


Any help on this issue is appreicated.


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dancampb Wed, 01/06/2010 - 08:13
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Dynamic VLAN assignment on an autonomous AP is pretty much the same as with a controller.  You will setup the same AVP's on the Radius server.  Then on the AP must make sure you have the subinterfaces created and assigned to the VLANs.

xuewei217 Wed, 01/06/2010 - 17:18
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Hi Dancampb,

Thank you for your update. So, how about the relationship with SSID and VLAN?


Ryan Curry Mon, 01/11/2010 - 08:49
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I'm not sure if the Autonomous APs have the option for AAA Override.  On the WLC, I can go into the BSSID, Security, Advanced, and there's a checkbox that I would check to allow a Radius server to send back the VLAN.

I did a little research and it looks like the 1300 may give this option but instead is defined as "VLAN Override".  I've found the release notes for 12.3(7)JA5 (not sure what version you're running) that give mention and a link to configuring EAP on page 4: http://www.ciscosystems.ch/en/US/docs/wireless/access_point/1300/release/notes/o37ja5rn.pdf

Hope this helps


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