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Bridge-mode SSID and switch port-access/macauth

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  • 1.  Bridge-mode SSID and switch port-access/macauth

    Posted 21 days ago
    I don't know if this is impossible or pretty easy, but I can't seem to figure out the solution.
    We have our APs on vlan X, and almost averything is set up in tunnel-mode. Except one SSID "Bridge" which is in bridge-mode, vlan Y.
    Now this works perfectly well when we configure the uplink-port on the AP manually, vlan X untagged and vlan Y tagged.
    As we are currently implementing 802.1x and mac-auth on our wired network we came upon an issue:
    We use Clearpass for profiling endpoints, and an Aruba-AP gets its enforcement-profile with vlan X untagged and vlan Y tagged. So far so good! This vlan-configuration is applied to the switchport.
    However; as a client connects to the "Bridge" SSID, it then hits the switchport that is configured for 802.1x and mac-auth. And subsequently wants the client to authenticate to the switchport.
    I just want the client to connect to vlan Y.
    What am I missing?

    This is a default port-config:
    interface 1/1/1
        no shutdown
        no routing
        vlan access 256
        aaa authentication port-access dot1x authenticator
            initial-auth-response-timeout 30
        aaa authentication port-access mac-auth

  • 2.  RE: Bridge-mode SSID and switch port-access/macauth
    Best Answer

    Posted 21 days ago

    aaa authentication port-access auth-mode device-mode

    However, it is better to use the Radius VSA of Port Auth Mode so this is applied dynamically.


    Port Auth Mode needs to be set as 1 Device Mode

  • 3.  RE: Bridge-mode SSID and switch port-access/macauth

    Posted 20 days ago

    Thank you, I'll give it a try. 

  • 4.  RE: Bridge-mode SSID and switch port-access/macauth

    Posted 18 days ago

    Worked like a charm! Thank you.

    I ended up just setting the authentication mode in the enforcement-profile in Clearpass: