Networks and Policies

Open Mobile serves as a Wi-Fi connection manager that can be used to connect to various types of Wi-Fi networks. The iPass website includes a Hotspot finder that can be used to locate iPass Network access points, located at

Time-Based Session Limit

To help control connection costs, you can impose limits for the duration of Wi-Fi and Dial connection sessions. Currently, Time-Based Session limits may only be imposed on GIS access points. Any change in the Time-Based Session Limits requires a restart of the application after the profile update.

For information on configuring time-based session limits on the Open Mobile Portal, please click here.

Time limitations for iOS devices must be in 5-minute increments.

Manual Login

Add networks by SSID and Mac Address that the user will have to log into manually. This will prevent iPass from automatically logging into these networks with the user's iPass credentials. Please see our Configure Manual Login page for additional help.

Hotspot Finder

The Hotspot Finder feature allows you to configure how applications look for Hotspots.

Choose between an In-App Hotspot Finder or a Web Based Hotspot Finder. To select the In-App Hotspot option, mark the radio button next to In-App Hotspot Finder.

If you want to use the Web Based Hotspot Finder, mark the radio button next to Web Based Hotspot Finder. You can leave the default address in the Hotspot Finder URL field or enter a custom URL to direct users to your own Hotspot finder website.

iPass Hotspot Connectivity

The app can be used to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots that are part of the iPass network. Connecting at these locations with an accompanying iPass account enables the user to bypass the normal login and billing associated with that location.

For Open Mobile 3.0 and later, on iOS 6.0 and later, in the iOS Settings listing of Wi-Fi networks, an iPass network Wi-Fi access point will be identified with the annotation Use iPass Here.

Non-iPass Hotspot Connectivity

The app can also be used to assist with login at hotspots that are not part of the iPass network service.

If a hotspot login procedure is needed, a small browser window is launched that enables the user to complete the log in to that hotspot. If a login attempt to an iPass Hotspot fails, the user is given the option either to retry logging in, or to log in to the hotspot through the non-iPass Hotspot browser login window.


You can make the free OpenAccess Wi-Fi access points available to your users in the iPass Portal. Use of an OpenAccess hotspot will not incur the user any cost to connect and are marked with this icon:

For some free networks, Open Mobile may display both the free, OpenAccess version and the iPass (pay) version of the network.

If a user attempts to connect to a free OpenAccess network and the connection fails, then if there is an alternate iPass network available, the user will be connected to the iPass network instead. However, depending on your access plan, there may be an additional charge incurred for connection to the iPass access point. This capability is currently not configurable.

Enabling Wi-Fi

To enable Wi-Fi, check the Enable Wi-Fi box.

To assign directories to this profile, select each one from the Available Lists (on the left), and click the right arrow (>) button to add them to the Assigned Lists (on the right). You can add iPass and custom directories. When you are finished, click Save.

Do not add custom directories that include networks with walled garden or proxy access to the Internet. These networks may not be able to access the iPass sniff servers used for Internet detection, and as a result, the user will be disconnected.

Authentication Format Overrides

After network lists have been assigned, Authentication Format overrides can be applied by clicking Set Authentication Format above the Assigned Lists. Accounts are generally assigned to an entire profile, and connections made using the account will use the authorization format defined for the account. However, accounts can be assigned for directories. Any authorization formats assigned to such accounts will override the more general one.


If enabled, Open Mobile will automatically connect and log in to access points to which the user has previously connected. (If the user's credentials have been saved, the user will not need not to interact with Open Mobile.)

  • In versions 2.x and earlier, Open Mobile must be running in the foreground for Auto-Login to occur.
  • In Open Mobile 3.0.x, for iOS 6.0 and later, you can enable background Auto-Login so that the user will be automatically logged in to a local network even if Open Mobile is running in the background.

Speed Test

Test the speed and quality of your connection with the Connection Profiler feature.

Go to: Open Mobile for iOS Help


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