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captive portal

A Web page used on public-access networks that require a user to view and interact with before being granted access to the public network. Captive portals are widely used businesses which offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to Internet users. Usually the captive portal will require users to read and accept the business' acceptable use policy (AUP).

See "Public Wi-Fi Hotspots" in the Quick Reference section of Webopedia.
See also "Wireless Tips for Road Warriors" in the "Did You Know...?" section of Webopedia.






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