Basic Setup

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In this section we will walk you through setting up a working configuration which you can test with the Virtual AP, this will demonstrate a working solution before trying to associate with any physical LAN equipment. It is assumed you have access to a Captivnet System in the cloud.

We need three elements with a shared site Tag to be successful.

  1. Service Tiers
  2. Network
  3. Portal Design

To follow this guide you'll need the following:

  • Access to a licensed domain or a test domain. If you don't have access please speak to your domain admin or
  • Read and write permissions to the three modules and Settings menu

Step One - Network

In this step we'll create a network device to simulate the test gateway.

  1. On the home page click on Network
  2. Click on ADD DEVICE
    1. Enter NAME Virtual Gateway
    2. Enter MAC 11-22-33-44-55-66
    3. Select VENDOR (test AP)
    4. Select your TIME ZONE
    5. DESCRIPTION Optional
    6. Select ADD TAG
      1. TAG TYPE Site
      2. NAME Test Site
      3. Select TIMEZONE
      4. Type your location name and use google maps lookup to select.
      5. SAVE
    7. CONTROLLER Leave blank
    8. SAVE
    1. NAME add a name after /demo/
    2. SAVE (This will create the public URL that you can use to test from any web connected device)

Step Two - Service Tiers

Now we'll define the experience a user will receive by allocating bandwidth speed, session timeouts for example.

  1. On the home page click on Service Tiers
  2. Click on ADD SERVICE TIER
  3. NAME enter Free
  4. PRICE Enter 0
  5. CURRENCY Choose you local currency
  6. TAG TYPE Select Site
  7. TAG VALUE Select Test Site
  8. SAVE - The Service Tier will save and then open below. Navigate to the GENERAL tab.
  9. ATTRIBUTES Here select BANDWIDTH UP and then BANDWIDTH DOWN and use the drop down menus to set 5 mbit/s for both
  10. SAVE

Step Three - Basic Portal

So we now need to setup a simple portal that the guests will see when they connect to the network.

  1. On the home page click on Portal Design
  2. Click on ADD PORTAL
  3. NAME Test Portal
  4. TEMPLATE blank
  5. TAG TYPE Site
  6. VALUE Test Site
  7. SAVE -The Portal will save and then open below. Scroll down and select LOGIN PAGE CONTENT.
  8. Click ADD CONTENT (We're going to add an email registration option)
    3. NAME no change
    4. Click + MORE
      1. FIELD Select email
      2. USED TO AUTHENTICATE Tick the box
      3. STORE DATA INTO email
      4. SERVICE TIER Select Free
      5. SAVE (if you want to test Facebook and Google+ you can click on them and allocate the same Service Tier)
  9. Click top right PUBLISH

You will now have a working configuration which you can test through the virtual AP