What is a Captive Portal?

A captive portal is a combination of web pages that users see before they can access a Wi-Fi network. Some also call it a login or a user authentication portal. The main goal of a captive portal is to authenticate and authorize the user into your Wi-Fi network.

The most common interactions associated with captive portals are the acceptance of terms of use and privacy policy, asking for email address or other personal information in exchange for the service, or payment for a paid Wi-Fi service, in a hotel or a hospital, for example.