Mist Configuration Guide

The following instructions outline how to setup a Mist network for the Marketing4WiFi Platform.  This guide covers details such as configuring RADIUS, walled garden entries, and captive portals.  This guide assumes that your Mist equipment is already operational and on a live network. Please make sure any firewall rules, web content filters, and other security measures have been configured to interface with the platform.

You will need to provide your Mist API Secret, Mist Site ID, and Mist API Key to complete configuration of the mist Access Points to the SmartWiFiPlatform. This guide will discuss where to obtain each of these pieces of information.

1. Login in to the Mist Portal.
2. Click on the Networks icon in the left hand column and click on WLANS.

3. Click on your WLAN SSID.

Please see the screenshot at the bottom of the article for a visual reference for Steps 4 – Step 7.e.

4. Under Security click on Open Access.
5. Under WLAN Status click the Enabled radio button.
6. Under Isolation check the prohibit peer to peer communication.
7. Under Guest Portal make the following changes.
a. Click on the Forward to external portal.
b. In the Portal URL field: You will be provided this.
c. Add the Default Walled Garden entries to the Allowed Host Names field.
Note: Make sure to put commas in between walled garden entries. Additionally, wild cards cannot be used here.

d. The Mist API Secret is automatically generated by Mist and is unique to every WLAN.  Please send the API Secret to your service provider.


The Mist Site ID can be found by using your browser. While logged into the mist portal, make sure you have the correct Site selected and look at the URL of the web page.
Example below:


Create a Mist API Key
Note: If you already have a Mist API key being used by other products, please send us that key. If you create a new key, you will have to update all your existing products.

1. Login to your Mist portal.
2. In your web browser, open a new tab and go to this link : https://api.mist.com/api/v1/self/apitokens
3. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the blue Post button.

After you click the Post button the following information will populate in the script section. Please send the Key in to your service provider.

Mist only provides this specific API Key ONCE and you will not be able to recover it. Make sure to document this API Key somewhere. If this API key is lost, you can always create a new one. Please keep in mind that you will need to use the updated key on every node in the Analytics 4 WiFi dashboard.

Guest data for Hotspots using Mist Gateways

The platforms reported Time Online, Download, and Upload for Guests who connected to a hotspot with Mist gateways will be for the entire time a device is associated to the Guest WiFi SSID.

Disclaimer on hardware configuration guides in the KB:

This equipment has been integrated and tested in our labs with the Marketing4WiFi using the firmware versions below.

Mist Version 0.3.14945

LIMITED HARDWARE SUPPORT: Hardware manufacturers frequently make changes to firmware, controllers and GUI’s. The information below may be out of date or images may be different and is to be used as a general reference guide. We do offer additional limited support to help with trouble-shooting and we highly recommend that you have a hardware support agreement and/or access to a hardware support engineering representative from the manufacturer.

Updated on January 11, 2022

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