LANCOM Support Knowledgebase Document No. 1809.0710.5548.RHOO - V2.50

Configuring a public “WiFi4EU” Wi-Fi hotspot

The European Commission wishes to promote Wi-Fi connectivity everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. Public spaces and buildings such as clinics, libraries or public buildings should offer fast Internet connections, which should available be to everybody, free of charge.

To use this service, a user registers once at one of the promoted hotspots and is then able to authenticate EU-wide without re-entering any credentials.

On the one hand, this will facilitate access to e-health and public services, and on the other, it will improve the competitiveness of the promoted region (e.g. offerings for tourists). Further information is available on the Internet.

This document describes how use the LANCOM Public Spot to configure and operate a Wi-Fi hotspot according to the "WiFi4EU" guidelines.

  • LANtools as of version 9 (download latest version)
  • LCOS as of version 9 (download latest version)
  • LANCOM WLAN router or access point with an activated Public Spot option
  • Adapted HTML template for the LANCOM Public Spot login page. The template integrates various external resources of the WiFi4EU project such as images, but also scripts for counting users and for monitoring availability (known as “WiFI4EU Policy Enforcement Components”).


    For WiFi4EU it is mandatory to use an adapted template of this type.

    Further important information about using this template is available at the end of this article.

  • The configuration example below assumes that the LANCOM Public Spot operates on a single LANCOM access point.
  • The Public Spot network is separate from the main or management network and provides access solely to the Internet.

1) If necessary, configure the LANCOM Public Spot. For instructions on the initial configuration of a Public Spot scenario with the help of the LANCOM Setup Wizard, see the Knowledge Base document Database 'SP Knowledgebase', View '03. Edit Documents\by Responsible, Status', Document 'Configuring a Public Spot scenario with the LANCOM Setup Wizard'.

    Instructions on how to configure further Public Spot scenarios are available in this Knowledge Base document Database 'SP Knowledgebase', View '03. Edit Documents\by Responsible, Status', Document 'Knowledge Base documents LANCOM Public Spot Option and Public Spot scenarios '.

2) You can configure any of the available login variants on the Public Spot. In this example, we operate authentication by username and password.

3) In LANconfig, open the configuration dialog of the LANCOM access point and change to Public Spot dialog.

4) Go to the tab Public Spot -> Server and click on the drop-down menu Page table.

5) Select the item Login....

6) In the following dialog, enter the Page address (URL) as file://pbspot_template_login.

7) Accept your entries with OK. Now close the configuration dialog of the LANCOM access point to write the changes back to the device.

8) In the following steps, the HTML template “wifi4eu.html” is loaded into the LANCOM access point. To do this, open the configuration of the LANCOM device in WEBconfig.

9) Switch to the menu item File management -> Upload certificate or file.

10) From the drop-down menu, set the file type to Public Spot - Login page (*. html, *. htm).

11) Next to the File name field click on the Browse ... button and select the file “wifi4eu.html” for the login page.

12) Then click on Start upload. A message is displayed after a successful upload.

13) The upload completes the exercise.

14) Connect a Wi-Fi client to the SSID of the LANCOM Public Spot. The Wifi4EU login page will be displayed.

Important information about the HTML template “wifi4eu.html”:
  • This HTML template is provided by LANCOM Systems, and it can be further adapted by you or it can be used as a template for a self-designed HTML template (see also Database 'SP Knowledgebase', View '03. Edit Documents\by Responsible, Status', Document 'Implementing own Web sites for the LANCOM Public Spot Option').

  • The template provided is shipped with an active test mode. This mode allows you use the Javascript console of your browser to check whether the external WiFi4EU resources and scripts have been integrated correctly.

    To disable the test mode and use the template for productive use, remove the following line in the HTML template:

    <!--var selftestModus = true; //-->
  • Further information about the elements integrated by the template are available in the WiFi4EU PEC Implementation Guide:

WiFi4EU PEC Implementation Guide.pdfWiFi4EU PEC Implementation Guide.pdf

Catchwords: WiFi4EU; hotspot; wlan; wi-fi; eu; free
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