How to use the guest authentication system's expiration interval and blackout period to create a click-through captive portal login experience that limits customers' time online.
Navigate to the guest authentication system overview.
Name your new guest authentication system.
For more information on basic authentication system settings, see the online documentation chapter titled "Creating a new Authentication System".
Configure guest authentication settings.
- Leave "Allow DHCP login?" and "Require an Access Code?" unchecked. This will force the user to click a login button on a captive portal page to get internet access, but will not require that they enter a code.
- Select a "Guest Expiration Interval" to set an amount of time after which the user will need to log in again. Here we've set it to 30 minutes, to encourage table turn.
- Select "Guest Blackout Period" to set an amount of time during which users will be prevented from logging in again after their initial session expires (based on client MAC address). Here we've set it to 1 day to limit their daily network usage.
- Check "Display Greeting?" to show a greeting on the captive portal's login form.
- Enter text or HTML into the "Greeting Text " field. This text is show above the login field/button.
- Enter text or HTML into the "Proceed Prompt" field. This text is shown to the left of the login button.
- Enter text into the "Proceed Label" field. This will appear in the login button. You have complete control over the appearance of the login button. See the online documentation chapter titled "Advanced Captive Portal Techniques" for more information.
Click "Update Configuration" to apply your new settings.
Create a new captive portal, or select an existing one.
Apply the guest authentication system to your captive portal(s).
Apply your captive portal to a Sputnik-powered device, sign in as an end user to test.
Apply your captive portal to one or more Sputnik-powered devices ("routers"). Test your click-through authentication system by logging in as a user. After 30 minutes, your session will terminate, and you will be blocked from logging in again for 24 hours.
Don't worry though, your SputnikNet site is still reachable. Simply enter its address into your browser, log in, and modify authentication settings to restore your network access. For example, you could create a new device-based authentication system that allows the MAC address of your computer, and then apply it to the Sputnik-powered device you're associated with. From then on, you'll bypass the captive portal page and log onto the internet directly from that location.