MailChimp Integration with WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud

Deployment Overview

This integration provides instructions on how to use MailChimp with a WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud captive portal to collect emails for marketing.

Integration Summary

These devices and services were used in this integration guide:

  • MailChimp
  • WatchGuard AP420 managed by Wi-Fi Cloud
  • WatchGuard FireboxV with Fireware v12.1

Test Topology

MaiChimp Topology


Configure MailChimp

To configure the MailChimp software:

  1. Log in to your MailChimp account at
  2. Select the left-side menu icon.

Screen shot of MailChimp Menu button

  1. Select Campaigns from the menu options.
    The Campaigns dialog page appears.

Screen shot of the MailChimp main menu list

  1. Click Create Campaign.
  2. Select Create a Landing Page.

Screen shot of the MailChimp Create a Landing Page

  1. The next option enables you to design a Signup page or Product page. For this example, we select the Signup Page.

Screen shot of the MailChimp Design a Signup page

  1. Click Begin.
    The landing page builder appears.

Screen shot of the MailChimp redirect page builder

  1. Customize the logo, headline, description, and email address as required.

When you hover the mouse over Logo, Headline, and Description, the options for Drag to Reorder, Edit Block, Duplicate Block, and Delete Block are displayed.

When you hover the mouse over Email Address, the options for Drag to Reorder, Edit Block, and Delete Block are displayed.

  1. Click Save and Continue.

Screen shot of Save and Continue button in MailChimp

  1. Click Add Page Title & URL.

Screen shot of the MailChimp Add Title and URL button location

  1. Type the title to appear in the web browser's title bar, then click Save.

Screen shot of MailChimp tilte entry page

  1. The redirect page is now ready to publish with your default contact list for submitted emails. If you would like to edit the list or create a new one, use the menu button on the top right of the page and select Lists.
  2. After you confirm the page, title, and list, click Publish.

Screen shot of the MailChimp Publish button

  1. The displayed page contains the URL to use in the WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud captive portal configuration. Copy this URL.

Screen shot of the MailChimp URL to use in the captive portal configuration

WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud Basic Configuration

For detailed information on WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud AP deployment, see the Getting Started Guide.

These instructions use Manage for the Wi-Fi Cloud configuration. You can now also perform these configuration steps with the Discover application. For more information, see About Discover.

Configure WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud Captive Portal

To configure the captive portal settings in Wi-Fi Cloud:

  1. Log in to your Wi-Fi Cloud account at
  2. Open Manage.
  3. Select the location appropriate to your deployment.
  4. Select Configuration > Device Configuration > SSID Profiles.
  5. Click Add New Wi-Fi Profile or edit an existing SSID Profile.

Screen shot of the Wi-Fi Cloud add new SSID Profile page

  1. Type the Profile Name and SSID.
  2. Expand the Security section.
  3. Select a Security Mode from the drop-down list and configure the required settings. WatchGuard recommends you use WPA2.
  4. Expand the Captive Portal section, then select the Enable Captive Portal check box.

Screen shot of the WatchGaurd Wi-Fi Cloud Captive Portal configuration

  1. Select External Splash page for Sign-in/Click-through.
  2. In the Splash Page URL text box, copy and paste the URL you received from the MailChimp configuration.
  3. Click Save.

Make sure you apply the SSID Profile configuration to a Device Template to propagate the configuration to your APs.

Test the Integration

To verify the integration:

  1. Associate a client to an AP with the configured SSID.
  2. Open your default web browser.
    The Captive Portal page will appear.
  3. Type an email address in the text box on the portal page.
  4. The email address will be sent to the configured users list in MailChimp.

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