Newbie need help to merge pfSense Captive Portal with old Linksys WRT54GL hotspot feature



  • Hello,

    im trying to create WiFi access to kind in neighborhood with vouchers on Lnksys WRT54GL with latest DD-WRT fw because it has hotspot feature.

    My goal is that i only share portion of my internet (thats why im using only Wireless -g), no local LAN access at all.

    Im using pfSence as VM on proxmox. It works great, but when i want to create CaptivePortal profile i get this error:

    • The captive portal cannot be used on interface lan since it is part of a bridge.

    I do have LAN interface bridged with:

    BRIDGE0 LAN, OPENVPN VPNBRIDGE

    Its made by OpenVpn wizard. That works fine thou.

    Well, i have only WAN and LAN. All tutorials explain we need to do LAN, but since i only need to share internet on that router what will happen if i use WAN interface instead?

    Also on router i have WiFiDog and Chillispot. But my problem is that i dont know what to use as redirect page to pfSense machine.

    TBH, i want to learn and try to make this, but im lacking of knowledge. If someone wants to help me and know how to setup this kids will be really happy.

    pfSense is:

    2.4.5-RELEASE-p1 (amd64)
    built on Tue Jun 02 17:51:17 EDT 2020
    FreeBSD 11.3-STABLE

    Many thnx in advance.



  • @ha11oga11o said in Newbie need help to merge pfSense Captive Portal with old Linksys WRT54GL hotspot feature:

    Also on router i have WiFiDog and Chillispot. But my problem is that i dont know what to use as redirect page to pfSense machine.

    The "page to redirect" etc does not concern pfSense at all. You'll be using the hotspot's facilities of the AP, there is nothing to be done on pfSense.
    If you set up the AP on the WAN side of pfSense, the question is even less relevant, as the traffic isn't seen by pfSense.

    For help about the hotspot's (DDWRT) : see their forum. I don't know what Chillispot is, neither Wifidog.

    You can also transform your WRT54GL as a simple AP - I'm using several of these Linksys/Cisco routers, with the DDWRT firmware - and activate the portal on pfSense.
    In that case, I strongly advise you to use a dedicated interface on pfSense (a third interface) for the portal, leaving the LAN for trusted devices - and the OPT1 interface for the non trusted devices, as are portal users by default.
    I you choose to use pfSense for the portal management, start by looking up the Youtube site on the Internet. Then locate the Netgate channel, and see (several times) the Captive portal and DNS videos. When done, a portal can be set up in less then 10 minutes.
    Remember : keep it simple at first.



  • @Gertjan said in Newbie need help to merge pfSense Captive Portal with old Linksys WRT54GL hotspot feature:

    @ha11oga11o said in Newbie need help to merge pfSense Captive Portal with old Linksys WRT54GL hotspot feature:

    Also on router i have WiFiDog and Chillispot. But my problem is that i dont know what to use as redirect page to pfSense machine.

    The "page to redirect" etc does not concern pfSense at all. You'll be using the hotspot's facilities of the AP, there is nothing to be done on pfSense.
    If you set up the AP on the WAN side of pfSense, the question is even less relevant, as the traffic isn't seen by pfSense.

    For help about the hotspot's (DDWRT) : see their forum. I don't know what Chillispot is, neither Wifidog.

    You can also transform your WRT54GL as a simple AP - I'm using several of these Linksys/Cisco routers, with the DDWRT firmware - and activate the portal on pfSense.
    In that case, I strongly advise you to use a dedicated interface on pfSense (a third interface) for the portal, leaving the LAN for trusted devices - and the OPT1 interface for the non trusted devices, as are portal users by default.
    I you choose to use pfSense for the portal management, start by looking up the Youtube site on the Internet. Then locate the Netgate channel, and see (several times) the Captive portal and DNS videos. When done, a portal can be set up in less then 10 minutes.
    Remember : keep it simple at first.

    Well,

    you definitely pointed me right way. I do want that pfSense is handling portal and WiFi just to be "radio" device for that.

    Thank you.


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