HOWTO: Radius Authentication on CradlePoint

October 31, 2014 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

CradlePoint supports Radius authentication for management of their units.  In looking through there documentation, there wasn’t much in the way of explanation on how to set up the radius server.

I was able to get in touch with their support personnel, and although they couldn’t tell me how to set up the Windows version of radius (IAS on 2003, NPS on 2008R2), they gave me a clue and I was able to come up with this…

Note that the screenshots shown below are for IAS, but the NPS settings should be similar, though it is organized a bit differently.

1.  Create a new Remote Access Policy for CradlePoint Administrators.  When done, the main settings page should similar to this.  Note that I’ve added a NAS-Identifier of “cplogin” and I’m looking for a Windows-Group membership for the user that’s attempting to login.  The CradlePoint MBR1400 uses a NAS-Identifier of “cplogin”, as do (I suspect) most CradlePoints that support Radius.  The Windows Group is the group you want to have Admin access to the CradlePoints.

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2. Hit the Edit Profile button.  Go to the Authentication tab and make it match this:

ias23. Go to the Encryption tab, and set it like this:

ias34. Go to the Advanced tab.  Remove the two default attributes, and add back the Service-Type attribute with a value of Administrative, as shown here:

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5. Finally, restart the radius service.

Aside from that, you just need to point your CradlePoint to the IP of this radius server and set the shared secret to match.

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