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A captive portal or splash page is usually a web page that appears on your web browser when you join to an open public network. You will need to either:

  • enter an user name and/or password
  • enter a voucher code
  • login with your social media or email account
  • answer some questionnaires
  • click on an agreement

before you are allowed to use the internet from that remote wireless network.

Some providers also use the captive portal / splash page as a form of inexpensive advertising where you are shown their products and services before offering you internet access.

In Apple devices, an automatic pop-up may appear to prompt you of such instances.

In Android devices, an alert notice may prompt you to sign in.