[MLB-WIRELESS] HotSpot Setup

Steven Haigh netwiz at crc.id.au
Thu Apr 12 20:18:27 EST 2007

Or *gasp* MWHotspot....

However, as you are making a requirement that you must have a token  
or ticket, I'm tipping that it's for commercial use - something which  
is not what Melbourne Wireless focuses on.Î

On 12/04/2007, at 7:06 PM, Simon Knight wrote:

> Captive portal like nocat.net would be best here.
> On 4/11/07, Nick Selemidis <nikolis at netspace.net.au> wrote:
>> <gregsonm at aanet.com.au> wrote in message
>> news:mailman.7.1176269978.1611.melbwireless at wireless.org.au...
>>> Hello,
>>> I am interested in setting up a hotspot that is easy to setup and  
>>> uses off
>>> the shelf hardware/software.
>>> The HotSpot must have security so that people must have  
>>> authorisation to
>>> use it, either via a ticket/token or password.
>>> Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how this can be done?
>>> Thanks, Mark
>> Hello Mark
>> I would suggest you to try contacting first other operating nodes  
>> around you
>> and work out a plan with them. Maybe a bulk purchase will save you  
>> some
>> bucks.
>> Other than that if you still want to go ahead building your own  
>> node, you
>> should consider buying a wireless router that you can run openwrt  
>> on it and
>> then depends what you plan to offer at your hotspot an antenna.  
>> Remember the
>> leagal limit is 36dbi. The Omnis are great for sort distances but  
>> if you
>> plan to link with another node a parabolic dish is the way to go. The
>> security issue is another story, very hard to explain and actually  
>> do. Maybe
>> a simple splash screen with an open ssid and some info about your  
>> node and
>> other services you offer will do the trick. For personal use you  
>> should use
>> another secured ap.
>> I hope I have give you an idea were to start.
>> Maybe a small how to build a node at the M.W. site will help ppl  
>> like Mark.
>> Nick Selemidis
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