Enable Hotspot Authentication

This policy setting defines whether Wi-Fi hotspots are probed for Wireless Internet Service Provider roaming (WISPr) protocol support. If a Wi-Fi hotspot supports the WISPr protocol users can submit credentials when manually connecting to the network. If authentication is successful users will be connected automatically on subsequent attempts. Credentials can also be configured by network operators. If you enable this policy setting or if you do not configure this policy setting Wi-Fi hotspots are automatically probed for WISPR protocol support. If you disable this policy setting Wi-Fi hotspots are not probed for WISPr protocol support and users can only authenticate with Wi-Fi hotspots using a web browser.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> HotspotAuthentication # Enabled

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Network -> Hotspot Authentication


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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