Installing Freeradius on my cloud server

Tim Dawson tim at
Thu Oct 3 01:18:01 CEST 2019


I'm entirely new to the whole Captive Portal procedure, but I'm learning about it because I need to 
control guest access to my newly very fast broadband (4G). As part of that process I thought I'd 
start by setting up a Freeradius server.

I run our B&B web site (and several others, for clients) on a cloud server (the OS is Centos 7). 
Naturally this runs an Apache server, and MySQL. I assumed that the Freeradius server would run 
alongside these. Is that correct?

I set it up via SSH following the 'hard way' described at:

Everything appeared to go perfectly, to the point where it appeared I could run the Freeradius 
server in debug mode. Then I spotted that I could no longer log in to my WHM/cPanel, nor could I 
access several of the hosted web sites. I couldn't allow that situation to continue.

So I disabled the Freeradius server and the 'firewalld' services. After rebooting the cloud server 
things cam back to normal.

I'm not sure, but I suspect the problem may have been in the 'firewalld' settings. Would these have 
over-ridden the normal server firewall policy? If so, what should I do about it?

I could add the 1812 and 1813 ports to the existing firewall policy, but would that work?

I'd be grateful for some help here, please.

Tim Dawson

Tim Dawson
Isle of Mull  PA66 6BP

01681 700718

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