Datto Network Manager: Using the Splash Page Editor

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This article describes the Splash Page Editor in Datto Network Manager.

Environment

  • Datto Network Manager
  • Datto Access Points

Description

A Datto Networking splash page lets you channel network users to a custom page before they can access the Internet. With a splash page enabled, you can:

  • Control the look and feel with an HTML and WYSIWYG editor
  • Add special notifications for network users
  • Have network users agree to specific terms and conditions
  • Control access using vouchers or PayPal
  • Allow users to roam between nodes without seeing the splash page again with automatic MAC Authentication

 

Navigating to the Splash Page Editor

1. In the Navigation menu, click Access Points, then select the appropriate SSID from the expanded options.

mceclip0.pngFigure 1: The Navigation menu (click to enlarge)

2. Select Captive Portal from the SSID options, then toggle Splash Page to on.

mceclip2.pngFigure 2: The Captive Portal page (click to enlarge)

Choosing a starting template

Choose a template from the drop-down menu at the top of the editor. You can customize the content and presentation of these templates to suit your needs using the "Default" template. Any edits you make will be to a copy of the template; you can go back to the default at any time.

Using the WYSIWYG editor

Once you select your starting template, you can customize it with your message, colors, fonts, and images. Datto uses a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor that also supports HTML editing.

In addition to the standard editing tools along the top toolbar, you can toggle between Edit (WYSIWYG), Source (HTML), and Preview modes at any time.

To edit the splash page, treat it as you would an email or word processing document. Click anywhere to type. Edit your text by changing fonts, sizes, highlights and more.

mceclip1.pngFigure 3: The Splash Page Editor with default template (click to enlarge)

Adding and modifying images

Each splash page template comes with a library of stock images. You can also use the Insert Image tool to add your images and logos.

1. Click the Insert Image button and then navigate to a file, or drag and drop it into the dialog box. Once the image is in place, click it, then click the  Edit button to adjust image properties. Once your splash page is complete, click Save Changes and then close the editor window.

mceclip0.pngFigure 4: The Insert Image tool (click to enlarge)

Splash page configuration options

The Captive Portal section contains the following splash page-related options:

Splash Page toggle: Activate this toggle to enable your customized splash page. You can turn off the splash page here at any time without losing your design.

Block Unauthenticated Users: This function blocks all ports until your splash page has been successfully clicked-through. If disabled, only browsing is blocked. Enabling blocks services such as email, instant messengers, VoIP, etc., but will require first opening a browser to use any internet services. This feature is currently not compatible with PayPal Buy Now buttons.

Require Vouchers: Require a valid voucher on splash pages. If unchecked, this option lets you provide a basic tier of service at the rates and durations below, and an optional faster service tier using vouchers or PayPal. Learn more about using vouchers here.

Redirect URL: The page to display after the splash page. Leave this blank to show the user’s requested page.

Client Force Timeout: Minutes between showing the splash page, regardless of activity for non-voucher access. One day=1440.

Basic splash pages: For basic splash pages, you can leave all of the settings at their default. You can also adjust any settings later.

mceclip3.pngFigure 5: Captive Portal page options (click to enlarge) 

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