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MacRADIUS Authentication Server

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MCF Software's MacRADIUS(tm) Authentication Server is an Internet-standard RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) server with the intuitive operation and ease-of-administration of a Macintosh application, and provides administrators of remote access networks with a no-hassle solution for centralized authentication. Unlike Unix-based RADIUS servers that require an administrator to modify and compile source code, MacRADIUS comes ready to run.

MacRADIUS lets you consolidate all of the user account information from many network access server (NAS) devices in a single place. When a call comes in, the network access server sends an "access request" to MacRADIUS, presenting the dial-in user's credentials and asking MacRADIUS if it is OK to let the person calling use the net. MacRADIUS looks up the user in its database, checks the credentials, and, if all is in order, sends back an "access accept" containing the user's "connection profile", including information about the network resources the dial-in user is allowed to use.

In addition to authentication service, MacRADIUS also provides a single place for NAS devices to send operational information, such as who is connected to what port, and how long a session has lasted. This service is called "RADIUS accounting", and the information gathered can be used to track resource usage or generate bills for network service.

MacRADIUS also adds a group capability that allows an administrator to apply a common set of RADIUS attributes to multiple users by making them members of a group that has those attributes. Attributes not defined for the group can still be applied individually to those users. This way, network-wide criteria can be administered at the group level, while individual criteria, such as passwords, can be applied individually.

Because MacRADIUS is based on the Internet-standard protocol for authentication, it can work compatibly with NAS devices from a wide range of vendors, supporting all types of dial-in client computers.

MCF Software's MacRADIUS delivers all the power and flexibility of the RADIUS protocol with Macintosh ease of use.

Easy to install, configure and manage

  • Graphical user interface makes administration easy to understand
  • Allows administrator to associate users with groups to streamline the assignment of authentication criteria ("attributes")
  • Presents authentication and profiling attributes in organized groupings, not long numbered lists

High performance

  • Asynchronous processing allows incoming authentication requests to be queued while other requests are being serviced
  • Uses state-of-the-art object database for storing attribute information


  • Supports IETF RADIUS specification
  • Works with wide range of network access server devices from multiple vendors. (Ascend, Cisco, Livingston/Lucent, Tribe/Zoom, USR/3Com, and many others.)
  • Allows easy importing of existing RADIUS definition text files
  • Runs on any Macintosh with 32-bit-clean ROM and running System 7 or later

Service and support

  • Automatic notification of available enhancements
  • Updates available via download from Internet server
  • See our technical support page for current information