FreeRADIUS is the first RADIUS server to implement the functionality of virtual server / virtual hosts. Because of it being an open-source solution, it has been one of the leading RADIUS servers. FreeRADIUS has been a critical part of IT networks because of its ability to be configured independently for each of the server IP address, client IP address, home server pool, and inner TLS tunnels.

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However, the problems associated with configuring and managing FreeRADIUS tries to undermine its usability and popularity in the field of security.

 

What are the benefits of using FreeRADIUS?

FreeRADIUS has a number of benefits and advantages that make it stand out from other types of RADIUS servers.

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Modularity

The modular design of FreeRADIUS makes it easier to understand and easier to add or remove modules. You can simply remove a module if you do not require the feature. Removing or adding modules does not affect the server performance or security. This modularity makes it suitable for use in large enterprise solutions as well as smaller systems.

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Scalability

FreeRADIUS is scalable and allows the extension from handling a few requests to thousands of requests by configuring a few important settings. Hence, FreeRADIUS offers better scalability and performance without having to buy extra product licenses.

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Improved Security

FreeRADIUS allows IT admins to require users to sign into Wi-Fi networks with their own unique set of credentials. IT admins can also place users in separate virtual local area networks VLANs with ease, thus improving security considerably.

What are the challenges of FreeRADIUS?

It is clear from above that the benefits of FreeRADIUS make it a popular solution for IT professionals all over. It has been well received for multiple decades, and it maintains its functionality even at times of huge requests with ease.

However, implementing and configuring FreeRADIUS is another story altogether. The huge functionalities offered by FreeRADIUS do not come without a downfall. The heavy lifting of implementing FreeRADIUS in the cloud or a third-party solution is cumbersome, and it has left IT admins looking for a solution that helps achieve this with ease. The challenges with FreeRADIUS are:

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Complicated Setup and Implementation

Setting up and configuring the default parameters of FreeRADIUS has increasingly proven to be a difficult deal. There have been many complaints about complexities associated with getting minimal features to work, and issues with adding or removing modules in the absence of IT professionals. In other words, in the absence of an IT professional with adequate skills, the usage, and configuration of FreeRADIUS prove to be a cumbersome deal.

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Integration with Wi-Fi and Identity Provides

Locking down the Wi-Fi network to make users access it using their own set of credentials is a huge benefit of FreeRADIUS which comes at a cost. Integrating Wi-Fi access points with FreeRADIUS and integrating it in turn with an identity provider has proven to be a cumbersome deal that IT professionals have consistently been dealing with.

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Integrating FreeRADIUS with endpoints

Laptops and end devices that are used to authenticate with FreeRADIUS need to have the correct RADIUS protocols in place in order to be usable. They need to be configured properly to ensure that the entire setup works well. Additionally, if the configuration goes wrong, there is an added risk of failure and potential downtime.

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Integration with Third-party solutions

Integrating the usage of the FreeRADIUS with third-parity solutions and applications like Office365 and Google, and enabling SSO throughout the entire system stack has also proven to be a headache for IT administrators.

How can Foxpass help?

Foxpass is a solution that offers a cloud-hosted RADIUS solution at an affordable cost and the best support available. Its RADIUS solution is based on FreeRADIUS, thus offering all the benefits of FreeRADIUS and more.

The easy to setup solution not only reduces the pain points that exist with the configuration of FreeRADIUS but also offers additional features like RadSec and EASP-TLS.

The easy to use interface of Foxpass allows you to effortlessly sync RADIUS with Google and Office365. It also integrates FreeRADIUS with Wi-Fi, VPN, and your endpoint machines, additionally offering a full SSO solution across your entire stack in no time.

With features like RADIUS logging to offer visibility into your infrastructure, and the ability to manage FreeRADIUS without the need for additional overhead, Foxpass is a must-have solution when it comes to achieving both increased security and simple management with FreeRADIUS.

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