I am also testing pfsense. For your piece of mind - I also have a lag on
my Captive Portal login screen (I have customized the default page -
it's 4,990 bytes)
Load time is just over four seconds for the login page. I tested this
both from the wireless and via the LAN connection with the same results.
I think it's due to lighthttp - but haven't investigated.
From: Alex M [mailto:radiussupport at lrcommunications dot net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:17 PM
To: 'Chris Alavoine'; Monowall Support List
Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] monowall vs pfsense captive portal
Do you mean login screen? If yes I don't really can say that mono login
screen shows up instantaneously, some times it takes some time and some
times id refuses to show up at all and you have to refresh the page. I
assume that's should depend on mono cpu load but it doesn't seams to be
As to the pfSense I can't say anything since I do the testing on virtual
machine and everything is slow by itself still didn't see any
delays with login screen.
One thing w/ delay could be a problem of Windows itself, when you reboot
windows has to check your connection status and DNS etc, so your initial
packet would do that, but it would be blocked my mono (pfSense) so
would look for alternative connection so it found that mono should have
and it will send packet through the mono dns and after that will request
data from web server and that's where login screen will be shown
destination host the packets get overwritten or in case of mono you get
From: Chris Alavoine [mailto:chris dot alavoine at imagination dot com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:04 PM
To: Alex M
Cc: Monowall Support List
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] monowall vs pfsense captive portal
Sorry, should have been clearer.
Splash screen = first page that users are directed to when they connect
to the captive portal (i.e. index.htm) which is loaded via the monowall
Alex M wrote:
> Aum, what is splash screen? I've been doing pfSense CP testing just
> to ensure that old accounting bug is gone (and it is in did fixed) but
> have no idea what you are talking about?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Alavoine [mailto:chris dot alavoine at imagination dot com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 11:39 AM
> To: Monowall Mailing list
> Subject: [m0n0wall] monowall vs pfsense captive portal
> Hi all,
> I've been testing monowall (version 1.22) for the last few weeks for a
> captive portal project I'm working on. Everything progressing nicely
> thought I'd give pfsense a quick try.
> Basically, installed an almost identical setup on my WRAP with
> Same webserver, same wireless AP, everything.
> For some reason the access time to display the captive portal
> splashscreen seems to be around 5 - 10 seconds on pfsense, whereas my
> monowall setup displays almost instantly.
> Anyone come across this before?
> Thought I'd mention it as I'll probably be using monowall for my
> now (even though pfsense has a few more whistles and bells).
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