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Re: [Captive-portals] API / ICMP for status and remaining time



I believe ICMP is useful for realtime, 5-tuple flow specific (as well as general), notifications, but it should not be used to carry any session parameters or meaningful data. A REST API would be better for that. 

On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 2:49 PM, Alexander Roscoe <[email protected]> wrote:
I am looking at the mechanisms to communicate captive portal states to
users. I think a RESTful API would be viable candidate for
communicating this information.  The same URL from RFC7710 or the URL
given by the 302 redirect could be used to as the endpoint for this
service as well.  Clients could reach out to this endpoint to get
status such as "Time Remaining" or "TX/RX transferred".  RESTful
interfaces can be easily setup and can be easily extended to add new
features.

Along side REST, I was looking at the ICMP as a conduit to transmit
this information as well.  Information could be pushed to the clients'
device and then digested rather than pulled like a RESTful protocol.
I think an implementation of this setup could work well on a
deployment where the AAA server resides on the same system as the
gateway because the information in the ICMP is easily accessible.
When the AAA server exists on another system it may pose a problem.
For example, many networks that use captive portals block external
ICMP messages and/or NAT devices to client, therefore the gateway
would need to proxy these packets.  This adds more complexity to the
network design. Also, ICMP message would be very rigid and not as
extendable as a RESTful service. Maybe rigid might be a good thing?

Thoughts?  Did I miss another type of conduit to transfer status...
excluding SOAP :)

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Alexander Roscoe
484-716-9048

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