The requirements of establishing an external portal server

Suitable for EAP Controller V2.2.3 or above

This document outlines the requirements when establishing an external portal server. For how to configure External Portal Server, please refer to FAQ-896 (step 2 of section 5)

The below picture depicts the data flow among wireless client, EAP device, EAP controller, portal server and authentication server which may help you to better understand the requirements of establishing an external portal server.

  1. Wireless client is connected to the SSID on which portal authentication is enabled and tries to access the Internet. EAP device will intercept client’s HTTP request and then redirect it to the EAP controller. The client will then send GET request to the EAP controller with query string “cid=client_mac&ap=ap_mac&ssid=ssid_name&t=time_since_epoch&rid=Radio_id” in the URL according to the HTTP response it receives from the EAP. (Step 1 and Step 2)
  2. The EAP controller then redirects the client to the external portal server by replying a HTTP response with status code 302 Found to the client. The HTTP response with this status code will additionally provide the URL of external portal server in the location field. The URL also contains the query string. For EAP controller 2.2.3 or above the URL is http://portal_server_ip?cid=client_mac&ap=ap_mac&ssid=ssid_name&t=time_since_epoch&rid=Radio_id&site=site_name. (Step 3 and Step 4)

The meaning of the parameters is listed in Table 1 Parameter explanation.

  1. The client will send GET request to external portal server using the URL which is mentioned above.(Step 5)
  2. External portal server must be able to intercept and keep a record of the parameters in the query string of the GET request and return a web page with authentication form to the wireless client. (Step 6)
  3. The wireless client’s authentication information will be submitted to the portal server, and the portal server will submit the information to the authentication server (Step 7 and Step 8). However, how portal server gets client’s authentication information and how portal server communicates with authentication server depend on your own implementation which is out of the scope of this article.
  4. The authentication server verifies the authentication information and return the result to the portal server. (Step 9)

 

NOTE: In this example the portal server and the authentication server are separated. But they can be installed on the same server as you wish. The authentication method is also up to you. Just make sure the portal server knows when the authentication is passed.

 

  1. If the authentication succeeds, the portal server should send the client information to the EAP controller by calling the API of the EAP controller. First, it must login the EAP controller by sending a POST request. The request’s URL will be https://controller_server_ip:https_port/login and it will carry the data “name=the_username_of_controller&password=the_password_of_controller” using JSON format in the HTTP message body.

For example,

private static function login()

{       

$ch = curl_init();

// post

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, TRUE);

// Set return to a value, not return to page

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);

// Set up cookies

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, COOKIE_FILE_PATH);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, COOKIE_FILE_PATH);

// Allow Self Signed Certs

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, FALSE);

// API Call

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, CONTROLLER_SERVER . "/login");

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "name=" . CONTROLLER_USER ."&password=" . CONTROLLER_PASSWORD);

curl_exec($ch);

curl_close($ch);

}

(Step 10)

  1. If the portal sever has logged in the controller successfully, it will then send the client information to https://controller_server_ip:https_port/extportal/site_name/auth using POST method. The information data can be represented by JSON farmat and must contain these parameters “cid=client_mac&ap=ap_mac&ssid=ssid_name&t=time_since_epoch&rid=Radio_id&site=site_name&time=expire_time”.

For example,

private static function authorize($cid,$ap,$ssid,$rid,$t,$seconds,$site)

{

     // Send user to authorize and the time allowed

$authInfo = array(

'cid' => $cid,

'ap' => $ap,

'ssid' => $ssid,

'rid' => $rid,

't' => $t,

'time' => $seconds

);

$ch = curl_init();

// post

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, TRUE);

// Set return to a value, not return to page

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);

// Set up cookies

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, COOKIE_FILE_PATH);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, COOKIE_FILE_PATH);

// Allow Self Signed Certs    

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, FALSE);

// API Call

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, CONTROLLER_SERVER ."/extportal/". $site."/auth");

$data = json_encode($authInfo);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query($authInfo));

 

$res = curl_exec($ch);

$resObj = self::resultConvert($res);

if($resObj['success'] == false){

echo $res;

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}

curl_close($ch);

}

 

private static function resultConvert($json)

{       

$json = str_replace(array('{','}',':',','),array('[{" ',' }]','":',',"'),$json);

function cb_quote($v)

{

return '"'.trim($v[1]).'"';

}

$newJSON=preg_replace_callback("~\"(.*?)\"~","cb_quote", $json);

$res = json_decode($newJSON, true)[0];

return $res;

}

(Step 11)

The meaning of these parameters is the same as in Table 1 Parameter explanation. The time parameter here is the number of seconds before client authentication expires. This parameter is defined by the portal server.

  1. The EAP controller returns a JSON message: {"success": [true/false], "message":" return information"} to the portal server after the EAP controller has dealt with the information provided in the HTTP POST request. How the portal server deals with the JSON message depends on your own implementation. At last the portal sever must logout the EAP controller by sending a POST request to https://controller_server_ip:https_port/logout.

For example,

private static function logout()

{     

$ch = curl_init();

// Post

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, TRUE);

// Set return to a value, not return to page

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);

// Set up cookies

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, COOKIE_FILE_PATH);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, COOKIE_FILE_PATH);

// Allow Self Signed Certs

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, FALSE);

// API Call

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, CONTROLLER_SERVER . "/logout");

      curl_exec($ch);

curl_close($ch);

}

  1. tep 12 and Step 13)

Note: For calling the API successfully, your portal server should be configured to achieve the following two points: 1. allow self-signed certificate; 2. read the server https packet, save the TPEAP_SESSIONID in Cookierequest with this cookie in the future.

O artigo aplica-se a:
EAP245 , EAP220 , EAP115
User Application Requirement | Updated 12-14-2017 08:00:17 AM