Creating Networks Overview
Before you can offer wireless services in your venue, you must create at least one wireless network.
The procedure for creating a network depends on the type of wireless network that you want to create and the authentication method that you want users to use to join the network.
- Pre-Shared Key: Requires users to enter the passphrase (that you have defined for the network) to connect to Ruckus Cloud. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses a Pre-Shared Key.
- Enterprise AAA: Uses the 802.1X standard and WPA2 security protocols to authenticate users using an authentication server on the network. This authentication method requires an AAA server on the network. See Creating a Network That Uses an Enterprise AAA Server.
- Captive Portal: Uses a third-party captive portal
and authentication service to authenticate users. There are six methods that
can be used to gain access through the captive portal:
- Click-Through: Allows users to accept terms and conditions to access the network. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses a Captive Portal with Click-Through.
- Self Sign In: Allows users to access the network temporarily using a social media account, or register their details and get a personal password. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses a Captive Portal with Self Sign In.
- Cloudpath Captive Portal: Users connect through an enhanced captive portal experience with Cloudpath. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses Cloudpath Captive Portal.
- Host Approval: Allows users to register their details in the portal including their host email. A host must approve the guest request to provide the temporary network credentials to the guest user. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses a Captive Portal with Host Approval.
- Guest Pass: Allows users to access the network temporarily using a personal password which they receive in advance from the network administration staff. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses a Captive Portal with a Guest Pass.
- Third-Party Captive Portal (WISPr): Allows users to access the network through a third-party captive portal, authenticated by a RADIUS server. Refer to Creating a Network That Uses a Third-Party Captive Portal (WISPr Feature).
- Open(not recommended): Allows users to access the network without any authentication. Refer to Creating an Open Network (No Authentication).