IPsec: Setup OPNsense for IKEv2 EAP-RADIUS

EAP-RADIUS via IKEv2 is nearly the same as EAP-MSCHAPv2, but authentication is done against a Radius instance. We assume you have read the first part at IPsec: Setup Remote Access

Step 1 - Create Certificates

For EAP-RADIUS with IKEv2 you need to create a Root CA and a server certificate for your Firewall.

Go to System ‣ Trust ‣ Authorities and click Add. Give it a Descriptive Name and as Method choose Create internal Certificate Authority. Increase the Lifetime and fill in the fields matching your local values. Now go to System ‣ Trust ‣ Certificates and create a new certificate for the Firewall itself. Important is to change the Type to server. The Common Name can be the hostname of the Firewall and set as Alternative Name the FQDN your Firewall how it is known to the WAN side. This is most important as your VPN will drop when the FQDN does not match the ones of the certificate.

If you already have a CA roll out a server certificate and import the CA itself via System ‣ Trust ‣ Authorities and the certificate with the key in System ‣ Trust ‣ Certificates.

Step 2 - Setup Radius

If you already have a local Radius server, add a new client with the IP address of your Firewall, set a shared secret, go to OPNsense UI to System ‣ Access ‣ Servers and add a new instance:

Descriptive Name Name Give it a name
Type Radius This is what we want
Hostname or IP Address Radius IP Set the IP of your Radius server
Shared Secret s3cureP4ssW0rd Choose a secure password

When you do not have an own Radius instance just use the OPNsense plugin and follow this guide: FreeRADIUS

Step 3 - Mobile Clients

First we will need to setup the mobile clients network and authentication source. Go to VPN ‣ IPsec ‣ Mobile Clients

For our example will use the following settings:

IKE Extensions

Enable checked check to enable mobile clients
User Authentication Nothing As we use Radius, no need to select anything
Group Authentication none Leave on none
Virtual Address Pool Enter the IP range for the remote clients

You can select other options, but we will leave them all unchecked for this example.

Save your settings and select Create Phase1 when it appears. Then enter the Mobile Client Phase 1 setting.

Step 4 - Phase 1 Mobile Clients

Phase 1 General information

Connection method default default is ‘Start on traffic’
Key Exchange version V2 only V2 is supported for EAP-RADIUS
Internet Protocol IPv4  
Interface WAN choose the interface connected to the internet
Description MobileIPsec freely chosen description

Phase 1 proposal (Authentication)

Authentication method EAP-RADIUS This is the method we want here
My identifier Distinguished Name Set the FQDN you used within certificate
My Certificate Certificate Choose the certificate from dropdown list

Phase 1 proposal (Algorithms)

Encryption algorithm AES For our example we will use AES/256 bits
Hash algoritm SHA1, SHA256 SHA1 and SHA256 for compatibility
DH key group 1024, 2048 bit 1024 and 2048 bit for compatibility
Lifetime 28800 sec lifetime before renegotiation

Advanced Options are fine by default.

Save your settings.

Step 5 - Phase 2 Mobile Clients

Press the button that says ‘+ Show 0 Phase-2 entries’


You will see an empty list:


Now press the + at the right of this list to add a Phase 2 entry.

General information

Mode Tunnel IPv4 Select Tunnel mode
Description MobileIPsecP2 Freely chosen description

Local Network

Local Network LAN subnet Route the local LAN subnet

Phase 2 proposal (SA/Key Exchange)

Protocol ESP Choose ESP for encryption
Encryption algorithms AES / 256 For this example we use AES 256
Hash algorithms SHA1, SHA256 Same as before, mix SHA1 and SHA256
PFS Key group off Most mobile systems do not support PFS in Phase2
Lifetime 3600 sec  

Save your settings and Enable IPsec, Select:



If you already had IPsec enabled and added Road Warrior setup, it is important to restart the whole service via services widget in the upper right corner of IPSec pages or via System ‣ Diagnostics ‣ Services ‣ Strongswan since applying configuration only reloads it, but a restart also loads the required modules of strongSwan.

Step 6 - Add IPsec Users

Go to your RADIUS management console and start adding users! If you are using our FreeRADIUS plugin follow the official guide: FreeRADIUS