Authentication server



  • Dear all,

    I'm wondering if pfSense Captive Portal can be used for Wireless authentication/verification portal. So if people trying to accomplish an Internet connection they get redirected to the portal and need to authenticate.

    Situation:

    • 1x 100/100 Mbps internet connection at the Office (Gateway);
          - One external IP-address.
    • 50x houses with wireless connection towards the Office;
    • 75x wireless devices using wireless signal towards the Office.

    Q1: lends Captive Portal itselfs to do this? Should I use another program/package?
    Q2: what kind of system requirements should I take into account? CPU, RAM, etc.? This service must retain stable if all connections are being used (fully loaded)?
    Q3: is this authentication process based on MAC-address or U&P? Is it possible to use MAC-addresses?

    Thanks in advance,
    Canefield



  • If you consider using pfSense on this i would strongly suggest you buy some support for any issues that might arise during system life cycle.
    Not sure why you want CP capabilities here apart login?



  • That's a good option, a lot of WISPs do exactly that with CP.

    Hardware sizing info here. http://www.pfsense.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=52&Itemid=49

    Auth is MAC address based once authenticated. Auto-added MAC passthrough is common for such setups so they're always-on once authenticated once.



  • @canefield:

    Q1: lends Captive Portal itselfs to do this? Should I use another program/package?

    CP can be used in such a scenario, however if you expect this to be a permanent setup, you might also want to look into using PPPoE as alternative.

    Check the posts by luke240778 to see the kind of issues that you might encounter.


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