Differences Between Meraki & Radius Integration

Meraki:

  • Uses captive portal
  • Ability to publicly post password to network allowing users to access network, but not internet.
  • User gets splash page or captive portal on device, which prompts them to register for new membership or log in to existing one at coworking space.
  • Proximity system checks to see if membership registered for grants internet access or not. If it does it leverages Meraki's API to provision device for life of user's membership. User will not see splash page again as long as user has paid membership. As soon as user's membership expires their device is reprovisioned and user is kicked off network.
  • For conference room bookings Meraki automatically generates new network for guests for duration of meeting. Once meeting is over Meraki tears down network.

Radius:

  • Uses WEP Enterprise Encryption
  • User selects network and enters username and password (same login credentials to log into Proximity site)
  • User can't log into wifi network if they don't have username or password set up within Proximity Network first.
  • It's recommended to have secondary network just for onboarding new members.
  • It's recommended to "throttle" it so it's only maybe 5 megabits and cycle password once a month.
  • In 'New Membership' email in Proximity space manager can then ask new members to join other network.
  • With conference room bookings Radius creates temporary credentials for guests. Guests log in using temporary username and password.
  • Once device has logged into network there's not a way to automatically kick device off. User would have to disconnect from network themselves on computer or by physically leaving the space.

Main differences between the two:

  • Meraki only requires a single SSID or network for members and non-members -- Radius has a single network for each.
  • Meraki automatically kicks off members who no longer have an active membership -- with Radius the only way to kick someone off is if they disconnect from the network themselves on their computer or by physically leaving the space.