How to configure CoovaChilli HotSpot to use Cloudessa RADIUS

The first thing that you need – to install the CoovaAP Firmware on your router. Download the firmvare from here.


Then follow the instructions below (taken from http://coova.org/CoovaAP/Installation)



WARNING: Flashing any third party firmware on your router may VOID the original manufacturer’s warranty. Software found on coova.org comes WITHOUT any warrany and can only be USED AT YOUR OWN RISK.



  1. 1. Ensure that the Linksys has a recent Linksys firmware and you are already able to reach the Internet. If you are not using the default settings of the router, it is advised that you go to Administration / Config Management and backup your current settings and then to Administration / Factory Defaults to reset the firmware to the factory defaults. It is assumed that the Linksys uses DHCP when connecting to the Internet.

  2. 2. Connect a computer directly wired to the LAN port of the Linksys. You should be able to use DHCP to configure your IP address. If not, set the IP address manually to 192.168.1.2 (or some IP in your LAN network space). Log into the Linksys using username “admin” and password “admin” and procedure to menu Administration / Firmware Upgrade. Select Choose File and find the firmware file you downloaded previously. When ready, click Upgrade and do not disrupt the computer or router while the firmware is loaded.





  1. 3. The router will reboot. The DMZ light will come on during start-up. When the light goes out, you are ready to configure the CoovaAP Firmware. If not, try rebooting the router with a power cycle. Once in the new interface, you will be prompted to set your administration (admin and root) password. Do this now and remember the password! When you click on any link, you will be required to authenticate.






Now you are done with the flashing your router.




Now you should configure your CoovaAP router to work as HotSpot with Cloudessa RADIUS.

  1. 1. Perform all general settings according to your situation.

  2. 2. Go to the ‘Network’ tab and select ‘Wireless’ subtab.





  1. 3. Create ‘Virtual RADIUS Server’ and select PAP or CHAP or both authentication protocols.





  1. 4. Go to the ‘HotSpot’ tab and select ‘Configurations’ subtab. Fill in all required fields. ‘RADIUS Protocol’ should be the same as in your Cloudessa RADIUS account (select needed ‘Virtual RADIUS Server’. Here you can find how to find your settings).





  1. 5. Go to the ‘HotSpot’ tab and select ‘RADIUS’ subtab. ‘RADIUS Auth Port’, ‘RADIUS Acct Port’ and ‘Shared Secret’ you can find in your Cloudessa RADIUS account (select needed ‘Virtual RADIUS Server’. Here you can find how to find your settings).





  1. 6. You are done. Now you can customize your login page (see the picture below) and add ‘Access Card Sheets’, ‘Guest Users’ or ‘Regular Users’ to your ‘Virtual RADIUS Server’.