[TriLUG] Hotel style wireless
greg at airlannetworks.com
Wed May 4 14:32:15 EDT 2005
M0n0wall is another easy solution. Use m0n0 as your router between
your access points and the rest of the network. M0n0 has a "capture
and release portal" built in with several authentication options. In
addition to small-form-factor hardware M0n0 can also be installed to
the HD of a modest system or run from CDROM (though it also requires a
floppy disk to write the XML based conf file if running from the *live*
On May 4, 2005, at 10:57 AM, jonc at nc.rr.com wrote:
> I'm sure there are ways to do this directly on the wireless devices,
> when I've set this up for corporations I've done it at the firewall.
> folks wanting to use the internet for basic services had to login to an
> authentication page. After that they had free or restricted use based
> their login.
> The firewall passed out the requests to a server cluster using Squid in
> "active" mode. Squid checked that the user was authorized and if not
> authorized displayed a local web page that asked the user to login.
> This worked quite well. I used a standalone password database and
> several stock users like: Library, Admin, Service, Peon, etc.... Some
> individual users were also in the database (mainly for tracking
> purposes). I believe there is now a module that allows Squid to
> authenticate users against an Active Directory.
> In anycase, that's one easy way to force users to login - or to see
> local Marketing (and replace web site ads with your own advertising).
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Steve Hoffman <srhoffman at gmail.com>
> Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2005 9:40 am
> Subject: [TriLUG] Hotel style wireless
>> Right now, my company has two wireless access points (a WAP11 and a
>> WRT54G), one at each end of the buildling. We're currently doing MAC
>> filtering only, since the only ones who use the wireless are company
>> guests. Every time one shows up they have to come to me to give me
>> their MAC so I can punch it in to both AP's and if I'm not here then
>> they have to plug into the wall (gasp). So I was recently on a trip
>> and the hotel I stayed at had free wireless. In order to use it, I
>> connected to the AP, surfed to ANY webpage and was taken to their
>> "login" page that asked for my room number and the code printed on my
>> key. As soon as I did that I was able to surf the internet with no
>> problems for the duration of my stay.
>> I'd like to set something similar up, perhaps only slightly less
>> sophisticated, but when someone comes here they can only get to the
>> login webpage until they provide valid credentials and then are able
>> to surf the net freely. My problem is I don't know where to start
>> looking. The network is about 75% linux so I'd prefer a linux based
>> solution, but if there's a better way to do it on <the OS that shall
>> remain nameless> then please pass it along also.
>> Thanks for any suggestions,
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