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How to disable SSO login?

Hi here!

 

I'm happy owner of Netgear WAC124 access point. Firmware Version V1.0.4.4

When setup first time I've created netgear account and registered the product.

But on next logins it always redirect to sso.html page to login using mynetgear account.

I can't use my local login when I connected to Internet.

There seems no settings to disable SSO login. Or I can't find it?

If there's no such settings, I'd like to request it. I don't want to use SSO login and share my access time.

 

Same request for different model: https://community.netgear.com/t5/Smart-Plus-Click-Switches/GS108Tv3-cannot-use-local-login-with-inte...

 

Thanks

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Re: How to disable SSO login?

Same here. Eagerly waiting for a solution. 

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I also would like to disable the SSO stuff and use local administration.

 

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Yeap - definately need an option to login to the router locally without going out to internet for SSO.  It's my dam router that I bought and I should not be holden to a cloud account to login locally to my device.  YO NETGEAR, are your hearing us!!!  FIX IT!!!!!   If I knew this I would of purchased the other router I was looking at from ASUS that DOES ALLOW YOU TO LOGIN LOCALLY!!!!!!

 

 

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Hi, I contacted Netgear support about this topic.

 

This is the answer:

I am sorry but the SSO was intentionally designed for the WAC124 and there is nothing to fix about it.

 

What I also discovered about SSO page is that it exposes login information to 3rd party domains like gigya.com, googletagmanager.com, google-analyticss.com, doubleclick.net. Request to those domains includes your device serial number! You can check in browser dev tools about that.

 

Netgear support answered to that:

> These are to check if there is any system downtime internally in the background and some of them are for google analytics which they have configured to trace the logs of users. Google analytics is basically to track the number of users visiting accounts portal login screen, signup screen, 2FA screen, login settings screens. Apart from it, we don't track users personal information as per the Privacy Policy of NETGEAR

 

I'm not sure how this behaviour could comply with privacy policy.

But in any case I don't agree with that and decided to return my device and swtich to normal brand instead of using Netgear.

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Yeah. I waited too long to return mine so it went into the electronics waste disposal. If I can't have a local login and keep mine and my devices info private, I will just buy a different brand. Which I did. I think Netgear maybe miscalculated on this one. 

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I think Netgear is going on my "not to buy brand" list - I have had lots of Netgear equipment over the years and was always happy with it but the last 3 devices have been an absolute nightmare. I had the WN3500RP wifi extender that always went via mywifiext.com for some sort of authentication and I managed to stop that by creating a local DNS override to point that domain to the local IP address. I bought the WAC124 to use as a simple access point to replace my WAC120 which I had to reset at least once a week as it would drop connections or start slowing down traffic so it was even slower then my legacy access points which I never have to touch. With this WAC124 I can not disable the SSO without DNS blacklisting the whole of netgear.com and even once you are logged in to the device it is riddled with bugs. - I can not see what devices are blocked or allowed in the MAC access list and when the access list the logs fill up with mac addresses which are not even physically attached to the device.

 

I wonder if https://openwrt.org/toh/netgear/netgear_wac124?s[]=wac124 may be an option but I have never used Open-WRT. I do have another netgear device with DD-WRT on it which is very reliable but unfortunately the WAC124 is not listed on their site

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Just as an update - I have applied OpenWRT to this access point now - installation was a  easy but I had to get in via the lan ports to set the password and then follow separate instructions to get the web interface going which was a little bit fiddly - It is now all up and running with the configuration I want and loads of extras that this access point could not do before. Hopefully it will be stable with it which will take a few weeks to find out. If not I already have a dlink access point on order which is slightly slower but I can live with that since my broadband is very slow any way.

 

 

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Thanks for update!

But I believe switching to openwrt firware - disables warranty, doesn't it?

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Also, just curious, any other benefits you get from openwrt firware?

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Yes I believe the warrenty is void but there are propably ways of getting the original firmware back on the device although I was not really too worried about that since the device is not that expensive in the first place.

 

 

Feature wise some of the stuff I wanted I could not get on the stock firmware are (but there are tons more):

- ssh access: I can now ssh into the device and use standard Unix/Linux commands to administrate it and fiddle with stuff that was not available before

- There are repositories for the openwrt stuff that give you access to additional tools like SNMP and advanced firewall features. I even saw Asterisk/Voip stuff in the repos. The SNMP access is useful for me since I can now use my Cacti setup (https://www.cacti.net/) to graph the utilisation of the device.

- You can have more SSID's for guest networks etc and you can customize all of them rather then the 3rd ssid on the stock firmware not giving you access to the LAN ports etc.

- The web gui of openwrt has live graphs to monitor traffic and you can tell from the device at what rates devices are connected to it.

 

You will loose the RedySHARE stuff that is build into it but the repos have standard samba server and FTP server stuff available for the device so you can propably configure something more advanced with that but I was not using that anyway and only use this device as a plain access point to extend my existing network. The only reason I got this device is the higher throughput rates then what my legacy netgear and cisco stuff offers.

 

 

 

 

 

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