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    Untangle Junkie dmorris's Avatar
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    Default Captive Portal feedback?

    Several users have requested a captive portal app on Untangle.
    Those of you interested if you could fill me in on *why* you want a captive portal app that would help greatly.

    some use cases I've heard:
    * user identification for policy and reports (by forcing login)
    * present a network EULA (like for coffee shops)
    * charge for internet (collect a credit card before grant access)

    are you looking for one of those or some other one?

    any help would be appreciated!
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    I am looking for the Network EULA and User ID.

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    It'd be nice to be able to create a username database inside Untangle, and have those IDs associated with a rack, and be IP/MAC agnostic, to function as a sort of NAC, where multiple people on one box could get two different firewall rules based on policy, but not be associated with Active Directory or anything like that.

    Shift work/labs, where different sets of people use the same machines.
    Problem users that need specialized locking down (outbound filtering, etc)
    Student workers in the lab using staff machines.
    Coffee shop/public wifi/temp hotspots
    Small networks where the staff as well as guests use wifi, and they don't want multiple SSIDs and routers, and want to limit the impact of guests doing bad things.

    And as I said above, it would function as sort of a NAC, because any new machine that hooks up and tries to get on the net could get a default isolation policy. This way you don't have to mess with VLANs and you can secure all your wifi hotspots without expensive add-ons or configurations.

    For the record, I'm not sure how much policy manage will do, because I have not played with it yet, but I was under the assumption it authenticated on IP or AD.

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    We would like to have our Students and Staff presented a acceptable use policy.

    When guests come in we would like to setup a temporary account for them.

    Caching is more important to me than the portal.

    Lannie

    PS: via Mac LDAP support as well.

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    I think the acceptable use policy is attractive to alot of companies, because then it eliminates the "i didnt know we werent allowed to look at that kinda stuff" excuse. Administrators and personnel people would really like this feature.
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    How about a redirect to web based RDP. Yes, I realise there is a JAVA remote access portal for this but it isn't particular stable and is extremely slow.

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    from a non-technical standpoint, i know a few people (non-technical) that just like the idea of a captive portal and are hesitant to switch to untangle because of the lack of this functionality.

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    Hi Dmorris,

    That would be a very nice and welcome feature.

    I've used pfSense and m0n0wall for having this and it would be nice that UT could support something similar to that.

    - customizable authentication page
    - RADIUS support
    - SSL
    - Detailed logs
    - possibility to have DHCP only binding to Wireless Lan

    If you look at pfSense and m0n0wall you'll get the picture.

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Joao

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    Captive portal is a nice feature to present acceptable use policies and other staff notifications. We are using captive portal on our m0n0wall (Untangle runs in transparent mode as a UTM device).

    For security purposes, would it be "better" to operate the wireless from the m0n0wall (which is exposed to the WAN), or from an Untangle box (which is entirely located within the LAN)?

    For my home network, I live in an area populated with educated teenagers who could easily hack wireless security and spoof wireless MAC addresses. I'm sure some of my neighbor's teenagers have sniffed every wlan on the block. Captive portal may be a way to add another layer of security to your personal wireless, too.

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    Untangle Junkie dmorris's Avatar
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    awesome feedback! thanks guys.
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