Alberto Ferrer | 4 May 13:49 2010

Captive Portal on Endian Community?

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Matthew W. Ross | 4 May 16:43 2010

Re: Captive Portal on Endian Community?

According to this page, comparing the various editions of Endian...

http://www.endian.com/en/community/feature-comparison/

The answer to your question is no. The Captive Portal feature is listed under the HotSpot area.

Which is really too bad, as I would love to use a captive portal/cookie system to authenticate users,
instead of using an authenticating proxy. The proxy authentication method works, but in an environment
where we don't want to have to configure every user who uses our network to authenticate, this method seems
very viable.

But, that's why there is a free/open version, and a payed for version. Can somebody on this list describe how
Endian's captive portal work? Can it authenticate users for the content filter? Does it authenticate
against an Active Directory? Any known pitfalls with a captive portal system?

--Matt Ross
Ephrata School District

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Rafael Fonseca | 4 May 22:29 2010
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Re: Captive Portal on Endian Community?

Based on Endian's lack of response to sales enquiries, I'd recommend trying Untangle instead. I have switched one of my clients from Endian to Untangle to use their free Captive Portal and it's been very good. The daily/weekly/monthly reports are very comprehensive and the overall polish of the product makes Endian look a bit too simple. It does require a bit more hardware grunt to run than Endian, but you do get way nicer filters such as Protocol Control (for completely blocking P2P without actually blocking outbound legitimate traffic or closing ports), a free Captive Portal implementation and more flexible licensing.


For example, to integrate with LDAP or Active Directory, you can buy the Directory Connector (a plugin) which is licensed on a number of users/year type of license, and it integrates the whole system to it: VPN logins, Captive Portal. It even does reporting by username.

Since setup, I haven't had any issues with it. I'm considering switching other clients to it as well.

If you're after Captive Portal, have a look at it.

PS: The interface is a completely different concept, so it takes a little bit of time getting used to.

Regards,
--
Rafael Fonseca


On 5 May 2010 02:43, Matthew W. Ross <mross-aGs3We5JoFQbi8nSHj9YVh2eb7JE58TQ@public.gmane.org> wrote:
According to this page, comparing the various editions of Endian...

http://www.endian.com/en/community/feature-comparison/

The answer to your question is no. The Captive Portal feature is listed under the HotSpot area.

Which is really too bad, as I would love to use a captive portal/cookie system to authenticate users, instead of using an authenticating proxy. The proxy authentication method works, but in an environment where we don't want to have to configure every user who uses our network to authenticate, this method seems very viable.

But, that's why there is a free/open version, and a payed for version. Can somebody on this list describe how Endian's captive portal work? Can it authenticate users for the content filter? Does it authenticate against an Active Directory? Any known pitfalls with a captive portal system?


--Matt Ross
Ephrata School District


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Steven Sher | 4 May 23:01 2010
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Re: Captive Portal on Endian Community?

I have also been looking at Utangle as a replacement for Endian,  due to lack of communication from the Endian team and the extremely slow release/development cycle.

 

Also despite the advertisement of a community/open source project Endian seem to be moving further and further away from these principles.

 

With all that said, I still love the product and keeping hoping things will change.

 

The optimist!

 

 

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Based on Endian's lack of response to sales enquiries, I'd recommend trying Untangle instead. I have switched one of my clients from Endian to Untangle to use their free Captive Portal and it's been very good. The daily/weekly/monthly reports are very comprehensive and the overall polish of the product makes Endian look a bit too simple. It does require a bit more hardware grunt to run than Endian, but you do get way nicer filters such as Protocol Control (for completely blocking P2P without actually blocking outbound legitimate traffic or closing ports), a free Captive Portal implementation and more flexible licensing.

 

For example, to integrate with LDAP or Active Directory, you can buy the Directory Connector (a plugin) which is licensed on a number of users/year type of license, and it integrates the whole system to it: VPN logins, Captive Portal. It even does reporting by username.

 

Since setup, I haven't had any issues with it. I'm considering switching other clients to it as well.

 

If you're after Captive Portal, have a look at it.

 

PS: The interface is a completely different concept, so it takes a little bit of time getting used to.

 

Regards,
--
Rafael Fonseca

On 5 May 2010 02:43, Matthew W. Ross <mross <at> ephrataschools.org> wrote:

According to this page, comparing the various editions of Endian...

http://www.endian.com/en/community/feature-comparison/

The answer to your question is no. The Captive Portal feature is listed under the HotSpot area.

Which is really too bad, as I would love to use a captive portal/cookie system to authenticate users, instead of using an authenticating proxy. The proxy authentication method works, but in an environment where we don't want to have to configure every user who uses our network to authenticate, this method seems very viable.

But, that's why there is a free/open version, and a payed for version. Can somebody on this list describe how Endian's captive portal work? Can it authenticate users for the content filter? Does it authenticate against an Active Directory? Any known pitfalls with a captive portal system?


--Matt Ross
Ephrata School District



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Rafael Fonseca | 5 May 00:17 2010
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Don't get me wrong. I've been a supporter since 2.1.2 and I know there are users here that go way back.


I did my part in reporting bugs, submitting little code changes and the likes, but trying to actually BUY the product left me baffled at the company's lack of communication. That, coupled with some pretty big long-standing bugs (in my opinion) made me look somewhere else.

Endian is great at leveraging old hardware for a good all-round solution, but if you need to step up, look elsewhere.
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On 5 May 2010 09:01, Steven Sher <StevenS-7520J9oA537u3wEYkePUmQ@public.gmane.org> wrote:

I have also been looking at Utangle as a replacement for Endian,  due to lack of communication from the Endian team and the extremely slow release/development cycle.

 

Also despite the advertisement of a community/open source project Endian seem to be moving further and further away from these principles.

 

With all that said, I still love the product and keeping hoping things will change.

 

The optimist!

 

 

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Sent: 04 May 2010 10:29 PM

Subject: Re: [Efw-user] Captive Portal on Endian Community?

 

Based on Endian's lack of response to sales enquiries, I'd recommend trying Untangle instead. I have switched one of my clients from Endian to Untangle to use their free Captive Portal and it's been very good. The daily/weekly/monthly reports are very comprehensive and the overall polish of the product makes Endian look a bit too simple. It does require a bit more hardware grunt to run than Endian, but you do get way nicer filters such as Protocol Control (for completely blocking P2P without actually blocking outbound legitimate traffic or closing ports), a free Captive Portal implementation and more flexible licensing.

 

For example, to integrate with LDAP or Active Directory, you can buy the Directory Connector (a plugin) which is licensed on a number of users/year type of license, and it integrates the whole system to it: VPN logins, Captive Portal. It even does reporting by username.

 

Since setup, I haven't had any issues with it. I'm considering switching other clients to it as well.

 

If you're after Captive Portal, have a look at it.

 

PS: The interface is a completely different concept, so it takes a little bit of time getting used to.

 

Regards,
--
Rafael Fonseca

On 5 May 2010 02:43, Matthew W. Ross <mross-aGs3We5JoFQbi8nSHj9YVh2eb7JE58TQ@public.gmane.org> wrote:

According to this page, comparing the various editions of Endian...

http://www.endian.com/en/community/feature-comparison/

The answer to your question is no. The Captive Portal feature is listed under the HotSpot area.

Which is really too bad, as I would love to use a captive portal/cookie system to authenticate users, instead of using an authenticating proxy. The proxy authentication method works, but in an environment where we don't want to have to configure every user who uses our network to authenticate, this method seems very viable.

But, that's why there is a free/open version, and a payed for version. Can somebody on this list describe how Endian's captive portal work? Can it authenticate users for the content filter? Does it authenticate against an Active Directory? Any known pitfalls with a captive portal system?


--Matt Ross
Ephrata School District



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Alberto Ferrer | 5 May 01:05 2010

Re: Captive Portal on Endian Community?

Untable looks better than Endian on many ways, that console... Jesus is 
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Rafael Fonseca | 5 May 01:45 2010
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Bear in mind, though, that it required me to upgrade the hardware Endian was running on to use all of the features. On the same hardware it was struggling a bit.


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Untable looks better than Endian on many ways, that console... Jesus is
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Lorenzo Milesi | 5 May 08:25 2010
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what else would you suggest, compared to Endian, remaining on the open source field?

I was amazed by Endian, but there are some bugs I don't like, and total lack of communication over issues and other requests.



Bear in mind, though, that it required me to upgrade the hardware Endian was running on to use all of the features. On the same hardware it was struggling a bit.

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On 5 May 2010 11:05, Alberto Ferrer <albertof-7CMk9KUk05nNLxjTenLetw@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Untable looks better than Endian on many ways, that console... Jesus is
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Alberto Ferrer | 5 May 09:35 2010

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El 05/05/2010 03:25 a.m., Lorenzo Milesi escribió:
> what else would you suggest, compared to Endian, remaining on the open 
> source field?
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> I was amazed by Endian, but there are some bugs I don't like, and 
> total lack of communication over issues and other requests.
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Just a nice gui, check pfSense for example, great distro

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Jake Ortman | 5 May 18:32 2010

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> Just a nice gui, check pfSense for example, great distro

Agreed on pfsense. They're getting close to releasing version 2, and 
it's looking really nice. It will also run very well on older hardware. 
And it, along with Endian, is one of the only few distros I could get to 
run on the oddball Compaq SCSI/RAID servers I have at the office here. I 
use Endian for a couple installs, but pfsense for some others where I 
don't have the hardware to throw at it.

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