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Disable Captive Network Detection for macOS

I've been working with Apple support trying to suppress the Captive Network Detection for one specific 802.1x that we use.

Apple Engineering says that the “disable captive network detection” checkbox is honoured on macOS as it is on iOS.

I can see the option to disable captive network detection within the wifi payload in Mobile Device Configuration Profiles but not for Computers.

Would be great if jamf could add the option to “disable captive network detection” for computer configuration profiles as well.

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Posted: by sshort

Wow, Apple definitely needs to provide more guidance/clarity on this feature. Both Profile Manager in macOS Server and the ProfileCreator app label "Disable Captive Network Detection" as iOS-only.


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Posted: by JayDuff

From what I'm seeing, this IS disabled on macOS, by default, and I don't see a way to ALLOW captive networks. It's actually causing a problem for us, that I just opened a ticket on. We have MacBook Airs assigned to teachers, who leave the district for conferences, and whatnot. We want them to continue to use our content filter, so I've deployed a global proxy PAC via configuration profile. If they try to connect to a Captive Portal WiFi, it fails, because the proxy can't be reached until the captive portal is satisfied.

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