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How can I change the re-direct URL on the WebKit for Captive Portals?

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Jul 8, 2013 12:22 PM



I have a guest network at the office that is configured with a captive portal for authentication. My MBP detects that it is behind a Captive Portal when the HTTP WISPr request fails and launches the WebKit (ie. the CNA) as designed and displays the login page. When the login is successful, the Captive Portal displays a success and the WebKit then proceeds to re-direct the browser to


Of late, Apple's homepage has become graphic rich and more often than not, loading the page without caching (since the webkit does not cache the webpage loaded) loading Apple's homepage on the guest network takes over 30-90 seconds depending on the traffic on the network. The OS does not allow me to use the network till the page on the webkit has successfully loaded and the "Done" button appears on the webkit and this often becomes irritating.


Is there a method to change the redirect URL to something less resource hungry like or a less graphic rich Apple page (like


I understand that there is a method to disable Captive Portal Handling, ie.


sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ Active -boolean false


However, I don't want to disable Captive Portal Handling in the OS as I don't believe Apps that require internet access will handle the lack of the internet well.


Any hints would be appreciated.



MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)


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