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Instand AP and Public Wifi

Hi all,


I'm a newbie in Aruba world  and I need to implement a  free public wifi setup using IAP and ClearPass.

The aim is to provide internet access when the guest users accept  the Terms of Use.

The splash page will is hosted on Clearpass Guest so that content can be added later.


Although  I ran into few issues at the start, I managed to get this up and running to some extent.



I created a new web login page and the parameters are as follows:

  • Authentication: Anonymous (Do not require a username or password)
  • Anonymous User :AAA_Guest
  • Pre-auth check :Local-match a local account
  • Terms :  enabled “requires a term and conditions confirmation”


The questions I have for the above setup are as follows:

  1. what is the upper limit  for the number of sessions allowed using the AAA_guest username?
  2. can we control the  duration per each session for the  account AAA_guest?
  3.  I also realised that a captive portal times out quickly- it only lasts less than a minute.Is there a way extend the captive portal timeout period?     The inactivity timeout on the IAP virtual-controller is set to 1000 seconds. Just to illustrate the issue,  if I goto a website stay on it for a minute and  click  a link within the same stie, I will need to accept the terms of use( this is only form of auth we use)
  4. last not least, is this the best approach to achive the above mentioned outcome?



I also noticed that sometimes I get re-directed  to instead of the requested site.

As I'm a newbie on Aruba I'm sure I'm missing something fundamental here.



Based on the seems that some sort of MacAuth is in place. I did not enable MacAuth during configuration.


If you have any pointers/advice I would appreciate it very much.

I had this posted on the remote/branch design sub forum beforebut I think this would be the most appropriate forum.





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