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UniFi - Using Facebook Wi-Fi for Guest Authorization

Overview


This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Facebook Wi-Fi for Guest Authorization with UniFi.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements
  3. Directions
  4. Related Articles

Introduction


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UniFi introduced the Facebook Authentication method for Guest Wi-Fi beginning in UniFi Controller version 5.6.12. This feature allows businesses to permit users to authenticate to Wi-Fi via Facebook. Using Facebook authorization can provide an easy and straight-forward way of ensuring customers are able to access Wi-Fi while also gaining benefit for marketing your business via social media. This guide will show you how to set up a Facebook Wi-Fi Network in UniFi. 

Requirements


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Much of how Facebook Wi-Fi works is based on Facebook's requirements which will differ from standard UniFi networks. In order to use Facebook Wi-FI with UniFi the following requirements must be met:

  • Must be on UniFi Controller version 5.6.12 or later. 
  • Must have created a Facebook page for your business, and this page MUST be published publicly. See directions here.
  • UniFi Controller must remain online to process Guest Authorization. 

Directions


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  • Open your UniFi Controller
  • Go to Settings > Guest Control, and check "Enable Guest Control" if not already enabled.
  • Under Authentication, select "Facebook Wi-Fi". 

  • Under Facebook Wi-Fi section, provide a Gateway Name. This is only used on the Facebook Wi-Fi and will not be visible to clients. Notice the note under Gateway Configuration: "Facebook Wi-Fi gateway configuration will be available after registering the gateway with Facebook. The registration will happen automatically after applying the changes with the Facebook Wi-Fi feature enabled for the first time. Once you select the name, it won't be possible to change it without gateway re-registration."
  • Once you have provided a name for the Gateway, hit Apply Changes.
  • Once changes have been applied, you will be able to proceed with Facebook Wi-Fi configuration by clicking "GO TO FACEBOOK WI-FI CONFIGURATION".

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  • Clicking this field will direct you to Facebook's site to proceed with the configuration steps. You should see a page like this:

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  • Next, under Facebook Page, select the Facebook Page that you'd like the Wi-Fi to be associated with.

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  • Under Bypass Mode, select either:
    • "Skip check-in link" which permits users to get access to the Wi-Fi without having to check-in with social media.
    • "Require Wi-Fi code" which requires the user to use a pre-defined Wi-Fi code you can provide to your customers.

  • Select "Session Length" to determine how long users should have access to Wi-Fi before having to reauthenticate.

  • Under "Terms of Service", if enabled you can require users to first accept your own Terms and Services.

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  • Once you have configured these settings to your liking, click "Save Settings". You will then be prompted to close the window.
  • After these settings have been applied, the only thing that is left to do is to apply Guest Policies to your Facebook Wi-Fi Guest Network, by going to Settings > Wireless Networks > Select the SSID you wish to use Facebook Authentication with, and clicking "Apply Guest Policies", then click "Save" at the bottom of the page.

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  • You should now be able to test Facebook Wi-Fi. 

Testing Facebook Wi-Fi

Let's take a look at what the process looks like from a user's perspective:

  • The user will connect via Wi-Fi to your Guest SSID. Once connected, they will be automatically prompted to complete additional steps as shown:

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  • The user will then need to Login to Facebook to authenticate/associate the individual's Wi-Fi access with their Facebook account.
  • After signing in, the user will then be prompted with the ability to Check In, which is a nice way to increase traffic to your Facebook page, or alternatively skip Check-in or enter a Wi-Fi code depending on how you want to enforce this.

Note: By setting a Wi-Fi code you will likely direct more users to Check-In to your business page, helping generate more traffic on your Facebook business page.

 

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