Port-Based Access Control by Wired 802.1X

Vigor Router supports wired 802.1X, which provides authentication to devices which attempt to join the network from its LAN ports. To do 802.1X authentication for LAN clients, network administrator need 1. Enable Wired 802.1X function 2. set up the authentication server, which can either be an external RADIUS server or Vigor Router itself. In this document, we are going to explain how to

Notice that Wired 802.1X is port-based access control so that we can only authenticate a single device attached to the LAN port. If you would like to authenticate multiple devices that connected to the router by a switch, please use an 802.1X-capable switch and configure 802.1X authentication on the switch instead.

Set up Wired 802.1X with an External RADIUS server

1. Set up RADIUS server: Go to Applications >> RADIUS/TACACS+ >> External RADIUS,

  1. Enable External RADIUS
  2. Enter Server IP Address as the RADIUS server's IP address
  3. Enter Shared Secret and Confirm Shared Secret as the same on the RADIUS server
  4. Click OK to save   
a screenshot of DrayOS External RADIUS settings

2. Enable Wired 802.1X: go to LAN >> Wired 802.1X,

  1. Check Enable
  2. Select Authentication Type to "External RADIUS"
  3. Select the LAN ports you would like to control the access
  4. Click OK and reboot the router to apply. 
a screenshot of DrayOS wired 802.1x settings

Set up Wired 802.1X with Local 802.1X

1. Create User profiles and enable Local 802.1X: Go to User Management >> User Profile, click on an available profile,

  1. Enable this account
  2. Enter Username
  3. Enter Password and Confirm password
  4. a screenshot of DrayOS User Profile settings
  5. In Internal Services, enable Local 802.1X.
  6. Click OK to save the profile.   
  7. a screenshot of DrayOS User Profile settings

2. Enable Wired 802.1X: go to LAN >> Wired 802.1X,

  1. Check Enable
  2. Select Authentication Type as "Local 802.1X"
  3. Select the LAN ports you would like to control the access
  4. Click OK and reboot the router to apply.
a screenshot of DrayOS Wired 802.1x settings

Enable 802.1X authentication on Windows clients

For LAN clients that are going to attach to the Vigor Router, it is required to enable 802.1X Authentication on the network adapter as well. For Windows users, please do the following:

1. Run service.msc, find Wired AutoConfig, right-click and click Start. 

2. Enable 802.1X Authentication for the network adapter: For Windows users, go to Change adapter settings >> Properties >> Authentication tab, enable IEEE 802.1X Authentication

3. After enabled 802.1X Authentication on the network adapter, there will be a login window, enter the username and password as the ones in External RADIUS or router's Local 802.1X.

4. If all the credentials are correct, we will be able to access the network.

Published On: Nov 05, 2015 

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