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Cisco Meraki Splash Page Integration

Overview

The Cisco Meraki Access Points have co-existed with other Cisco Access Points at the infrastructure level. With this feature, the Cisco Meraki Access Points are integrated with the Cisco CMX Cloud experience.  A user accessing the Guest Wi-Fi of a business space now has an integrated and seamless experience regardless of access points in the network.  The guest users are redirected to a unified splash page, and are provided with a unified experience with respect to access duration and per-site customization.

Supported Features:

  • CMX Cloud Connect supports this integration. 
  • CMX Cloud Presence Analytics will be supported in the future.
  • CMX Cloud Connect is the guest Wi-Fi portal that manages the guest user experience. 
  • CMX Cloud Connect defines the splash page that is displayed when a user tries to login to the Guest Wi-Fi, and controls the duration for which a user can access the guest Wi-Fi (access duration). 
  • CMX Cloud Connect portal experience of per site customization is supported. 
  • Bandwidth allocated to a user is defined by Cisco Meraki, and it can be defined by the authentication credentials of the users.  For example, a professor of a university can be allocated greater bandwidth than a student. 
  • The user can have passthrough experience without authentication using the Meraki Click-through mode. 
  • The user can also be authenticated against a RADIUS server (External Web Authentication)
  • DNA-ready infrastructure supports Cisco Meraki.

 

 

Connecting CMX Cloud to Cisco Meraki

  1. Login to Cisco Meraki Dashboard, and select the Wireless>Access Control.
  2. In the Splash page section, choose one of the following:
    • Sign-On with checkbox and select Meraki authentication from the drop down.
    • Click-through checkbox.
  3. From the Walled Garden field that appears, select Walled Garden is Enabled.
  4. In the Walled garden ranges text field, add the CMX Cloud IP addresses, namely 54.71.8.98/32 and 54.148.174.163/32, as shown in in the image below.

Configuring Splash Page

  1. In Cisco Meraki Dashboard, and select the Wireless>Splash Page.
  2. In the Custom splash URL section, enter the Cisco CMX Cloud Web UI unique login URL which is in the following format:

    https://uniquehostname.cmxcisco.com/visitor/login. 

  3. In the Splash behaviour section, select a Splash frequency and configure the landing page where the user is directed after a successful login. (Through either Web Authentication or Passthrough)

Configuring Customized Portals and Access Duration Policy

  1. In Cisco CMX Cloud Web UI>CONNECT & ENGAGE>Connect Experiences, ensure that a Custom Portal and Policy is configured for the Guest Wi-Fi.
  2. Click the Policy Tab, and ensure that an Access Duration is configured for the chosen policy.  Note that Bandwidth configurations are taken from the Cisco Meraki Dashboard for Bandwidth enforcement.

Configuring External Web Authentication

  1. In Cisco Meraki Dashboard, and select the Wireless>Access Control.
  2. In the Splash page section, from the Sign-on with dropdrown, choose my RADIUS server.
  3. In the RADIUS for splash page section, configure the RADIUS server to be used for authentication.

  4. In Cisco CMX Cloud Web UI>CONNECT & ENGAGE>Library>PORTALS, choose the relevant portal.
  5. From the Login Page template, remove any existing authentication mechanism.
  6. From the CONTENT tab, add the Web Auth form to the Login Page template.
  7. Click SAVE, to save the template.

 

Splash Page Frequency Control Priority

You can control the splash page frequency from both Cisco Meraki and from Cisco CMX.  In case of conflict, the lower frequency is used.

  • You can configure Splash Page Frequency from Cisco Meraki. 

  • You can configure Splash Page Frequency from Cisco CMX Cloud. 

Landing Page Priority

When a user tries to access a guest Wi-Fi, the user is presented with a splash page.  This section documents the priority of landing pages displayed, if different landing page URLs are configured on both Cisco Meraki and Cisco CMX Cloud, or is not configured at all.

 

  1. If a unique landing page URL is configured on Cisco Meraki, this is honored first. 

  2. If the above option is not configured, the landing page URL configured on Cisco CMX Connect is honored next.

  3. If both the above options are not configured, redirection occurs to the page requested by the user.

How to get Guest Wi-Fi Access

A guest user can request access to the Wi-Fi in multiple ways.  The following table lists the configuration of these mulitple methods on both Cisco WLC and Cisco Meraki.

 

Type Method Cisco WLC Configuration Cisco Meraki Configuration

Web
Pass-Through

SMS

Via web-passthrough

Using “click-through” Splash page setup

Facebook Wi-Fi

Using web-passthrough

Using “click-through” Splash page setup

Social Oauth
(Facebook, Instagram, etc)

Using web-passthrough

Using “click-through” Splash page setup

Voucher Using web-passthrough

Using “click-through” Splash page setup

Sponsor Using web-passthrough

Using “click-through” Splash page setup

External Web-auth

Using web-passthrough

Using “click-through” Splash page setup

Web Authentication

External Web-auth

Using Web authenticaltion

Using Sign-on with my radius server

 

 

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