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This document describes how to install and configure the Radiator® AAA Server (later Radiator) from Open System Consultants.
RADIUS is the de facto standard protocol for authenticating users and recording accounting information. It is commonly used by Wireless Access Points (APs), Terminal Servers, and Network Access Servers (NAS), whenever a user logs on and off network access devices or dial-up Internet service. It is supported and used by most vendors, such as Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Juniper, Ruckus, Aruba, Alcatel-Lucent, 3Com, and US Robotics. See RFCs 2865 and 2866 for more details about the RADIUS protocol.
Radiator is a highly configurable and extensible RADIUS, TACACS+, and Diameter server that allows you to easily customise and control how to authenticate users and record accounting information. Radiator can authenticate users from passwords held in:
Radiator can record user accounting information in:
Radiator provides external interfaces for the following protocols:
Radiator manages multiple clients and realms, possibly with multiple different authentication methods in each realm. It also includes special features not found in other servers, such as user name rewriting and vendor-specific RADIUS attributes. A full suite of load balancing modules is included.
Radiator works with a wide range of EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) methods, such as the following:
Radiator runs on the following platforms:
It is written entirely in Perl and is therefore highly portable. Full source code is supplied, so you can alter the behaviour of Radiator's internals if you need to. There is a standardised way of adding new authentication and accounting handlers, you can easily integrate Radiator with other legacy systems and software.
You need to be familiar with system administration to install Radiator. You also need to have a basic understanding of RADIUS and your network's authentication and accounting requirements in order to configure RADIUS. You need to have a basic understanding of SQL in order to configure <AuthBy SQL> if you require operation with an SQL database. You need to have a basic understanding of LDAP in order to configure <AuthBy LDAP> if you require operation with an LDAP server.
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