Configuring the Captive Portal feature of the Linksys LAPN300 or LAPN600 Wireless Access Point

This article will show you how to configure the Captive Portal feature of the Linksys LAPN300 or LAPN600.  Follow the instructions below to learn more.

NOTE:  Captive Portal is a new feature of the Linksys LAPN300 or LAPN600 that comes with the firmware version or above.  If your access point doesn’t have the firmware, download the file by clicking
here for LAPN300.  For LAPN600, click here.
Step 1:
Open the web-based setup page of your access point.  For instructions, click here.
Step 2:
Select Configuration and click Captive Portal > Global Configuration.
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Step 3:
On the Global Configuration category, check the Enable box and click Save.
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Step 4:
Click Portal Profiles under Captive Portal.
NOTE:  A profile is a defined set parameters of login authentication, landing page, session timeout, etc. for your Guest network.  The system supports up to two (2) profiles.
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Step 5:           
Select a Profile Name from Captive Portal Profile.  There are two (2) pre-defined Profile Names in the drop-down list.  Select one (1) and go the to next step.
NOTE:  Profile 1 is used here as an example.
Step 6:           
Configure the parameter associated to Profile 1.  For the definition of each parameter, click the Help link on the top right corner of your screen to see the details.  Click Save once your configuration is done.
NOTE:  In this example, authentication is set to Password Only.  On the other hand, if the Authentication is Local, you need to configure the Local User and Local Group first as the authentication will check against the user database locally.

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Step 7:           
Click Web Customization under Captive Portal to create your own login splash screen for the Guest network. 
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NOTE:  If the default splash screen meets your needs, you can skip Steps 7, 8 and 9 then go directly to Step 10.
Step 8:           
Select the Profile Name that you like to customize the splash page.  One Profile maps to one customized login screen.  In this example, Profile 1 is configured in Portal Profiles page. 
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Step 9:           
Configure the parameters for Profile 1.  Click Help on the top right corner of your screen if you need assistance with each parameter.  Use the "Preview" button to confirm that your customization is what you desire to display.  Click  User-added image once configuration is done to apply your changes.
NOTE:  Below is the default authentication page if you use the default settings.  It is highly recommended that you customize your own terms of use based on your business objective.

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Step 10:           
Click Profile Association under Captive Portal.  You need to associate Profile 1 to the corresponding SSID because both the profile and web customization configurations are done.

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Step 11:           
Select the Wireless Radio and SSID that you want this profile to associate with.  Any users associated to this particular SSID will be required to accept terms of use and pass login credentials before they can get Internet access.  Click Save to apply the changes.

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Step 12:           
Use any wireless client device, e.g. laptop, tablet, mobile phone to connect to LinksysSMB24G SSID.  After the client connects, it will get an IP Address assigned, but has no Internet access yet.
Step 13:           
When the Join or Splash window appears on your screen, enter the Password as Profile 1’s authentication is set to Password Only.  If you configured a different authentication type in Step 6, login credential criteria may change accordingly.  Remember to accept the terms of use before clicking the Connect button. 
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Step 14:           
The You have logged on successfully page will show up once authentication is passed.  Then, screen will redirect to your company website afterwards if your profile has Landing Page Enabled and Promotion URL configured.  If you select Redirect to Original URL, screen will display whatever website that user typed in the beginning when browser was opened.  Internet access is granted to this particular client starting now.
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