I'm really looking forward to try out this latest beta!
> Thanks to Dinesh Nair, it's now possible to exempt particular client
> MAC addresses from the captive portal (meaning that they are always
> allowed access without seeing the portal page - they have to make an
> HTTP request first though because of the way ipfw layer 2 filtering
> works), and also to allow access to certain IP addresses without
> going through the portal.
Is there ANY chance that you will find a workaround to this ipfw
limitation? Would it perhaps be possible to avoid this issue if the
check was done on the IP instead of the MAC?
It really would make the portal much more useful if a client on the
"exemption list" really was exempted from any kind of access
limitations otherwise imposed by the portal.
Personally, I feel that it would be a smaller price to pay, having to
add a static DHCP mapping for such exempted clients, rather than
requiring such users to ensure that their first request be of the HTTP
verarity. After all, typically you will only have a few such exempted
clients, compared to the number of non-exempted clients.
Well, just a thought anyway. I assume that "serious" portal admins
could simply add an extra interface, specifically for their exempted
clients (not really an option for me personally though, but then
again, I'm hardly a "serious" portal admin!)