The following instructions outline how to setup a Ubiquiti UniFi network for the Smart WiFi Platform. This guide covers details such as configuring RADIUS, walled garden entries, and captive portals. This guide assumes that your Unifi controller is already operational and on a live network with adopted Access Points. Please make sure any firewall rules, web content filters, and other security measures have been configured to interface with the platform.
- Log into the controller, launch the correct site and click the settings icon in the bottom left.
- On the menu to the left click Advanced Features.
- On the Advanced Features page click ‘Add RADIUS profile’ and configure with:
- Name: Smart RADIUS
- RADIUS Settings
- Add two RADIUS Authentication servers using port 1812 and IPs and secret you receive from support.
- Enable Accounting: ON
- Add two RADIUS Accounting servers using port 1813 and IPs and secret you receive from support.
- Enable Interim Update: ON
- Click ‘Apply Changes’ to save.
- On the menu to the left click WiFi.
- On the WiFi page click ‘Add New Guest Hotspot’ and configure with:
- Enable Hotspot: ON
- Name: Guest WiFi (or whatever you wish)
- Guest Portal: ON
- Authentication Type: RADIUS
- Profile: Smart RADIUS
- RADIUS Authentication Type: CHAP
- Disconnect Requests: OFF
- Landing Page: Promotional URL
- Promotional URL: You will receive this from support
- Secure Portal: OFF
- HTTPS Redirection: OFF
- Redirect using hostname: OFF
- Enabled encrypted redirect URL: OFF
- Override Default Templates: ON
- Pre-Authorization Access: Please use the entries contained inside the default walled garden and include any extra entries included by your provider.
- Press ‘Apply Changes’ to save.
Place the two html files that you received from support in step one to your UnifFi controller hotspot directory. If using a cloudkey please use a SFTP program like WinSCP.
You can find your site directory name by looking at the URL when viewing the site on the controller.
Typical file location examples are below.(depending on the UniFi controller):
Please note you will typically use your site auto generated folder name instead of default.
Dream Machine: /data/unifi/data/sites/default/app-unifi-hotspot-portal
Windows: C:\Users\<username>\Ubiquiti UniFi\data\sites\default\app-unifi-hotspot-portal
MAC: ~/Library/Application Support/UniFi/data/sites/default/app-unifi-hotspot-portal
Troubleshooting Splash page
- Please do not use apostrophes in the SSID name as they can cause issues with RADIUS authentication.
- If devices are redirected but the device hangs on the controller IP please ensure port 8880 is open to the Unifi Controller.
- If devices are redirected and port 8880 is open to the controller please ensure that the ‘Secure Portal’ option is turned OFF.
- If devices present an certificate error please ensure https redirection is disabled.
- If a hotspot deactivated message is presented please ensure all the AP MACs have been reported to support.
- If devices are redirected to the splash page URL but the page fails to load please ensure the Allowed Authorization Access list has been properly configured.
- If the internal captive portal from the Unifi controller is displayed instead of the hotspot splash page make sure ‘Override Default Templates’ is ON and the index and auth files have been placed on the correct site directory.
- If devices load the splash page properly but after pressing connect the splash page is loaded again please ensure you’ve used the correct RADIUS servers for your environment and the RADIUS Authentication password is correct and less than 15 characters.
- If devices are able to authenticate but you don’t see connections posted in the dashboard please ensure you’ve used the correct RADIUS servers for your environment and the RADIUS Accounting password is correct.
The following links are to Unifi community resources that can help with troubleshooting the captive portal experience for guests.