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IPSK with RADIUS Authentication Utilising MAC addresses

Authenticating clients to the Splash portal based on their MAC address

Splash Access is pleased to announce the release of its IPSK module . This standalone module integrates with Meraki portal to create an easy to use secure onboarding portal . Each user can choose their own Private Shared key and control their own devices with our simple to use device management portal .

When setting up an enterprise wireless network, it is common to configure WPA2-Enterprise authentication with a centralized authentication server to provide heightened security for clients connecting to the network, while still allowing for easy and scalable management of authorized users. However, IT administrators may still encounter some drawbacks with this method of authentication. While a username and password provides extra security, users may find remembering an extra set of credentials to be cumbersome when trying to get connected, and may be better served by using a private PSK. Additionally, certain devices may not support WPA2-Enterprise authentication, and would require an additional PSK SSID to be set up to connect to the same network, increasing wireless overhead and compromising on security.

Private / Identity PSK, with RADIUS authentication resolves these issues by acting as a standard WPA2 PSK SSID to clients, while authenticating clients to a central server based on their MAC address and allowing different PSKs to be set for specific clients or groups of clients.