All mac addresses have internet access - help!



  • Please help - Captive Portal has been working very well for years - unknown mac addresses do not get internet access - for some reason today, all mac addresses are getting internet access and I cannot work out why  :-[

    Captive Portal is enabled and no settings have been changed.

    Is there a check-list of things I can use to confirm the settings are correct?

    We are running an old version of pfsense (2.0 RC1) but it has been working perfectly and have not seen a reason to upgrade. Please don't give me a hard time for using an old version.



  • I have found the problem…
    A laptop (Apple Mac, about 5 years old) was added a few days ago. I deleted that machine and everything went back to normal. I added it again and Captive Portal allowed every mac address through.
    Does any one know the reason for this?
    We have had lots of Apple Macs on the system over the years...



  • @bakerboy1977:

    …..
    We are running an old version of pfsense (2.0 RC1) but it has been working perfectly and have not seen a reason to upgrade. Please don't give me a hard time for using an old version.

    Don't worry ….  The hard time, it is for us .... while we are digging in our memories - you are talking years away from today - how things worked - and what could explain what you are experiences are.
    I'm very pessimist about finding an answer ....



  • Given the information you've supplied, I'd say you may well have stumbled across a bug in the old 2.0 version. Time to upgrade, I'm afraid.



  • Yep, you're several years outdated and not even on a release version. Upgrade.



  • Ok, upgrade time it is!

    Is there documentation/guidelines on upgrading from 2.0 RC1?
    Should I upgrade to the latest release?



  • Best to go straight to 2.2.6. Read the upgrade guide first.
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Upgrade_Guide

    With a version that old, your hardware is likely quite old at this point as well. If it's a system that's been up for a long time without a reboot, your biggest risk in upgrading is that it won't boot up again because of some hardware failure. Not a huge risk, but it's generally the most common upgrade failure for systems with years of uptime. Fails to make it through POST after the reboot, hard drive disappears after the reboot, issues like that. If it's a really old piece of hardware, might just want to restore the config to a new system and swap the hardware out to upgrade.



  • In any case make a backup of your config NOW and store it in a safe place.
    After that reboot your machine and if it comes back alive perform the update through the GUI.


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