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Captive Portal permanent login

Have a Hotel customer that wants to allow users to login to the captive portal once, then never require it again for subsequent visits.

Anyone know of a way to do that?

thanks,

Aaron Hancock
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Re: Captive Portal permanent login

The v3.4.2 manual (p241) says:

"Maximum period, in minutes or seconds, after which a client is considered idle if there is no user traffic from the client. The timeout period is reset if there is a user traffic. After this timeout period has elapsed, the controller sends probe packets to the client; if the client responds to the probe, it is considered active and the User Idle Timeout is reset (an active client that is not initiating new sessions is not removed). If the client does not respond to the probe, it is removed from the system. To prevent clients from timing out, set the value in the field to 0. After entering the value, select either min for minutes or sec for seconds from the dropdown list.
Range: 0–255
Default: 5 minutes"

When I try to enter 0 on the CLI, I am told the valid range is 1-255 minutes. Anyone know if I can really disable the timeout?
Aruba

Captive Portal permanent login

Did a quick test under AOS 6 and see that the range is listed in the CLI as 1-15300. The WEBUI does make reference to the '0' that you mention, although it does not accept that input.

(Aruba620_ArubaHQ_Calgary) (config) #aaa timers idle-timeout ?
<1-15300> User idle timeout value. Valid range is 30-15300
seconds or 1-255 minutes. Default is 300 seconds

Will have a look to see if this is a known issue, or the '0' setting has been deprecated.
Aruba

Captive Portal permanent login

PS - a strategy of having users never timeout of the user table will lead to your controller user table filling up eventually (depending on the size of controller, perhaps after only 256 logins/users). So not a scalable solution...

MAC address (by device) authentication could be useful to achieve what you are after(no portal), however its far from elegant IMO as it’s management intensive to track devices vs. guests.

Back to the drawing board ;)
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Re: Captive Portal permanent login


Have a Hotel customer that wants to allow users to login to the captive portal once, then never require it again for subsequent visits.

Anyone know of a way to do that?

thanks,

Aaron Hancock



Aaron, Aruba now offers a guest management solution called Amigopod. It includes a full RADIUS server implementation and there is an option to transparently record a visitor's MAC address on initial Captive Portal authentication. You can then setup the SSID to perform MAC Authentication with failover to Captive Portal - new users get the Captive Portal and returning visitors will be transparently authenticated. Typically you would want to expire these MAC authentication accounts every 6 months to allow the users to accept any modified T&Cs and potentially display any hotel promotional material on the Captive Portal pages. Hope this helps.
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Re: Captive Portal permanent login

cesdaile,


do you have trial version of Amigopod? it's interesting. thanks!
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