Preparation for configuring MAC authentication

Before you configure MAC authentication

  1. Configure a local user name and password on the switch.
  2. Ensure that the VLANs are configured on the switch and that the appropriate port assignments have been made if you plan to use multiple VLANs with MAC authentication.
  3. Ping the switch console interface to ensure that the switch is able to communicate with the RADIUS server you are configuring to support MAC authentication.
  4. Configure the switch with the correct IP address and encryption key to access the RADIUS server.
  5. Configure the switch for MAC authentication with the ports you will be using.
  6. Test both the authorized and unauthorized access to your system to ensure that MAC authentication works properly on the ports you have chosen to configure for port-access.