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captive portal

A default Web page that is downloaded to everyone who logs onto the Internet. Typically used for Wi-Fi hotspots, a captive portal can be used for authorization purposes or as a community bulletin board. See Neighbornode.


A Wi-Fi hotspot for neighborhoods. Developed by John Geraci in 2004, it enhances a Wi-Fi hotspot that is open to the public by providing a community bulletin board for the area. When users log in, they are immediately directed to the local bulletin board Web page. The creation of a Neighbornode requires a firmware update in the wireless router that is downloaded from the developer at See captive portal.

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