Series 3: How do I enable the Hotspot Services/Captive Portal feature on a CradlePoint router?

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This article was written based on firmware version 5.0.0


Overview:

This article is an explanation of the CradlePoint Hotspot Service features found in the MBR1400, CBR400, and IBR600.  There are two modes for Hotspot Services: Simple and RADIUS/UAM.  Simple Mode allows you to  define Terms of Use and timeout settings controlled within the router.  RADIUS/UAM mode allows setting up external/third party authentication servers along with their authentication data.  This mode requires an account with a RADIUS/UAM provider such as HOTSPOTSYSTEM.com.  An example of a HOTSPOTSYSTEM.com setup can be found here.

To enable the Hotspot Services feature:

  1. Log into the router’s setup page (login instructions).
  2. Click on the System Settings tab then Hotspot Services in the sub-menu.
  3. From the Hotspot Mode dropdown menu select Simple or RADIUS/UAM
  • Allow Service on 3G/4G Modems: allows you to enable or disable Hotspot access to the Internet over a modem. This is typically used if the router has a main wired link and a secondary modem for failover. Select this option if you want the router to allow data traffic over the modem if the wired connection goes down.  Must be checked if cellular is the only connection.
  • Disable Service if Ethernet Threshold is met: This can be used if the router is being used as a backup failover connection to another router with a wired connection. If that other router’s wired connection goes down and it starts using this router for its primary connection, then disable Hotspot use of the WAN connection.
  • Redirect HTTPS Requests: This allows initial requests to HTTPS websites to be redirected appropriately.


Simple Mode Setup:
 

1.    In the Simple Mode Settings section select one of the following:  Internal Terms of UseExternal Terms of Use, or No Terms of Use. Redirect Only.
  •  Internal Terms of Use:
  1. Define your policy in the Terms of Use Text section.
  2. Select what you want to occur for the user after presentation of your policy in the Redirection on Successful Authentication dropdown.
  3. If “To an administrator-defined URL“ was selected set the Redirect URL.
  4. Apply your changes.
  • External Terms of Use:
  1. Define your Terms of Use URL.
  2. Select what you want to occur for the user after presentation of your policy in the Redirection on Successful Authentication dropdown.
  3. If “To an administrator-defined URL“ was selected set the Redirect URL.
  4. Apply your changes.
  •  No Terms of Use. Redirect Only:
  1. Define your Terms of Use URL.
  2. Apply your changes.

RADIUS/UAM Mode Setup:

  1. Make your Radius settings as required by your Radius provider in the RADIUS Settings section.
  2. Make your UAM settings as required by your provider in the UAM Settings section.
  3. Apply your changes.

Category: Cradlepoint Series 3

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