WiFi RADIUS authentication with FortiAuthenticator


In this example, you use a RADIUS server to authenticate your WiFi clients.

The RADIUS server is a FortiAuthenticator (v4.00-build0008) that is used authenticate users who belong to the employees user group.

Find this recipe for other FortiOS versions
5.2 | 5.4

1. Create the user accounts and user group on the FortiAuthenticator

Go to Authentication > User Management > Local Users and create a user account.

User Role settings are available after you click OK.

Create additional user accounts as needed, one for each employee.

 Go to Authentication > User Management > User Groups and create the local user group “employees” on the FortiAuthenticator.  usergroup_fac

2. Register the FortiGate as a RADIUS client on the FortiAuthenticator

 Go to Authentication > RADIUS Service > Clients and create a client account.

Enable all of the EAP types.


3. Configure FortiGate to use the RADIUS server

Go to User & Device > RADIUS Servers and add the FortiAuthenticator as a RADIUS server. fgt_radius

4. Create the SSID and set up authentication

Go to WiFi Controller > SSID and define your wireless network.  ssid-basic
Set up DHCP for your clients.


Configure WPA2 Enterprise security that uses the RADIUS server. ssid-security

5. Connect and authorize the FortiAP

Go to Network > Interfaces and configure a dedicated interface for the FortiAP. fap-interface
Connect the FortiAP unit. Go to WiFi Controller > Managed FortiAPs. fap-discover
When the FortiAP is listed, select and authorize it. fap-authorize

Go to WiFi Controller > FortiAP Profiles and edit the profile.

This example used a FortiAP-221C, so the FAP221C-default profile applies.

For each radio:

  • Enable Radio Resource Provision.
  • Select your SSID.

6. Create the security policy

Go to Policy & Objects > IPv4 Policy and add a policy that allows WiFi users to access the Internet. internet-policy


Connect to the example-staff network and browse Internet sites.

Go to Monitor > Client Monitor to see that clients connect and authenticate.



Jonathan Coles

Jonathan Coles

Technical Writer at Fortinet
Jonathan Coles is part of the FortiOS Technical Documentation team in Ottawa. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Waterloo and an Electronics Technologist diploma from Conestoga College. Long ago at another company he convinced a documentation manager that he could write. After writing about telephone PBXs, text search software, cell tower planning software, and some less memorable things, he joined Fortinet around the time that FortiOS 3.0 was released.
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