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Updated:December 12, 2018
Configure a Captive Portal on the RV340W
The Captive Portal feature provides a convenient, secure, cost-effective way to offer wireless access for clients and other visitors while maintaining the security of your internal network. A guest network can serve many important business purposes, including streamlining business with partners and providing enhanced customer satisfaction and improve employee productivity. A captive portal can be configured on Wireless Access Points (WAPs) and routers with a wireless feature, such as the RV340W.
In a public environment that offers free or paid Wi-Fi, it can be advantageous to a company to have users arrive at a virtual gateway before connecting to the Internet. There are several functions and uses an administrator could have for a captive port. Having a guest network and a virtual gateway can allow users to be redirected to the official page of the company to gain traffic and page views.
This article aims to show you how to configure a Captive Portal profile and associate it to an SSID on the RV340W.
Configure Captive Portal
Create a Captive Portal Profile
Step 1. Log in to the web-based utility of the router and choose Wireless > Captive Portal.
Step 2. Click Add to create a new Captive Portal Profile.
Step 3. In the Profile Name field, enter a name for your Captive Portal profile
Note: In this example, Disco is used.
Step 4. From the Authentication drop-down menu, choose whether or not authentication would be required upon entering the Captive Portal. The options are:
Auth — Choosing this enables authentication upon connecting to the Internet.
No Auth — Choosing this disables authentication upon arriving at the Captive Portal.
Note: In this example, Auth is chosen.
Step 5. In the After user login, redirect to area, choose a radio button to determine the action after a user arrives at the Captive Portal. The options are:
Original URL — Does not redirect you to a new page upon connecting to the Internet.
A New URL — Choose this if you want to redirect users to a new page after authentication. Enter a Universal Resource Locator (URL) in the A New URL field.
Note: In this example, Original URL is chosen.
Step 6. Enter a value in seconds in the Idle Timeout field ranging from 0-1440. Setting a limit that the client is allowed to stay connected before they are logged out and re-authentication is required. Entering a value of 0 allows the client to stay connected for an unlimited time period.
Note: In this example, 1201 is used.
Portal Page Customization
Step 7. Choose a color for the font from the Font Color drop-down menu.
Note: In this example, White is chosen.
Step 8. (Optional) In the Background Picture area, click Choose File and choose an image to set as background image for the Captive Portal. If an image is undefined for this step, the captive portal will use the default Cisco background.
Note: In this example, it is left blank. The image format must be in .PNG, .JPG, .BMP. and .GIF. The maximum size is 128 KB.
Step 9. In the Company Name field, enter the company name to be shown on the captive portal page.
Note: In this example, Panikat is used.
Step 10. In the Company Logo Picture area, click Choose File and choose an image to set the Company Logo. If an image is undefined for this step, the captive portal will use the default Cisco logo.
Step 11. In the Welcome Message field, enter the message that is shown when a client is successfully connected.
Note: In this example, Welcome, Earthling! is used as the welcome message.
Step 12. (Optional) If you chose Auth in Step 4, enter a text in the labeled Username Field that will be shown next to its corresponding field when they are displayed on the Captive Portal page.
Note: In this example, (first name.last name) is used.
Step 13. (Optional) In Password Field, enter the text that will be shown next to its corresponding field when they are displayed on the Captive Portal page.
Note: In this example, Password is used.
Step 14. In the Login Button Name field, enter the text to be displayed on the login button of the captive portal page.
Note: In this example, Enter the Void is used.
Step 15. In the Copyright Message field, enter a copyright message to be shown at the bottom of the captive portal page.