Enable a Captive Portal for Guest Users

Applies To: Wi-Fi Cloud-managed Access Points (AP120, AP125, AP225W, AP320, AP322, AP325, AP327X, AP420)

For guest wireless access, you can use Discover to quickly create a captive portal with a basic layout for click-through or authenticated guest wireless access.

Analyze and Engage captive portal features require a Total Wi-Fi AP subscription.

To create a guest SSID with a Captive Portal:

  1. Open Discover.
  2. From the Navigator, select a location for the guest SSID. SSIDs are automatically inherited by subfolder locations. Make sure to select the correct top-level location when you create an SSID.
  3. Select Configure > WiFi.
  4. Click Add SSID.

Screen shot of the Add SSID page for a guest network in Discover

  1. Type the SSID Name and Profile Name.
  2. In the Select SSID Type section, select Guest.
  3. Click Next or click the Security tab to go to the next configuration section.

Screen shot of the SSID security settings for a Guest SSID in Discover

  1. From the Select Security Level for Associations drop-down list, select Open for an open network with no security, or select WPA2 with PSK security to use a passphrase for your guest network.
  2. Select the Captive Portal tab.

Screen shot of the Captive Portal settings for an SSID in Discover

  1. Select the Captive Portal check box.
  2. From the drop-down list, select Cloud Hosted as the portal type.
  3. In the Splash Page section, edit the splash page to customize the text and images for your portal. You can preview your splash page to see how it will appear to guest users.

Screen shot of the Splash Page settings for a Captive Portal in Discover

  1. Click Save to save your splash page settings.
  2. In the Authentication Plugins & Quality of Service section, click Select login method for guest WiFi users, then customize your authentication settings.

Screen shot of the Captive Portal Plugins settings page in Discover

  1. Click Save to save your authentication plugin settings.
  2. Click Save & Turn SSID ON.