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Is there a name for the kind of wifi network that is open (doesn't have WEP or WPA protection or whatever; you can connect to it freely), but which requires you to log in (through a local web page) before you can use the internet?

This is the kind of set-up used in a lot of airports, cafés, and on my company's "guest" wifi network (for visitors).

Is there a short name for it?

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"Captive portal" means precisely this.

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Is Hotspot the word you're looking for?

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A hotspot may or may not be open and may or may not require you to log in. –  David Schwartz Sep 20 '11 at 11:11
    
Hotspot is good, but it's usually the general term for open networks that are either free or commercial, with or without a login. –  Hugo Sep 20 '11 at 11:12
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