How to Setup a Captive Portal for BYOD Devices – Part 3
Setting up a captive portal can be an effective way to filter and manage BYOD devices. This technique is useful when a BYOD device is not managed by a domain controller, but you still want to identify the student, and apply their specific group policy.
Start by considering the following:
- Are you performing SSL decryption on your network? If so, this may determine the method you use to identify users with the captive portal
- If so, do you have a plan for how you will ask BYOD device holders to install your SSL certificate?
Then, review the following prerequisites:
- Confirm that you have per-user filtering with a defined client/group structure
- Review your Netsweeper deployment architecture and what functionality is available to you
- E.g. HTTPS cookie injection (used in some captive portal configurations) requires NSProxy and SSL decryption
- Confirm which Netsweeper authentication module you will use
- Confirm that Netsweeper can properly communicate with your authentication source
Once you are comfortable with the above prerequisites, you’re ready to setup your captive portal:
- Configure the WebAdmin to use the authentication redirect portal
- Configure filtering groups that will use the authentication redirect functionality
- Validate that filtering functionality is operating as expected
Yup, it’s that easy, although if you do run into any hiccups, Netsweeper’s technical support team (email@example.com) is more than happy to assist.