[MLB-WIRELESS] HotSpot Setup

Mark Gregson gregsonm at aanet.com.au
Sun Apr 15 18:41:15 EST 2007

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the fast reply. Like most things these days there's no money
available, so it needs to be as cheap as possible. And we'd like to use
readily available hardware just in case there's ever a problem.

Thanks, Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Fifield [mailto:gummay at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Tom Fifield
Sent: Sunday, 15 April 2007 6:37 PM
To: Mark Gregson
Cc: melbwireless at wireless.org.au
Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] HotSpot Setup

If you're looking for an easy (though generally much more expensive) 
solution, a few companies make dedicated 'hotspot' hardware.

For example, products like the Netcomm HS960 even print receipts for you.

Is there a budget figure that has been discussed?


Mark Gregson wrote:
> Hi Nick,
> Thanks for the reply, however I am helping a friend setup a hotspot at his
> caravan park in rural Victoria. The basic design of the HotSpot will be an
> access point connected to the internet through an ADSL service. 
> So all I need is an easy way to setup a HotSpot that has security so the
> people must have authorisation to use it.
> Any ideas greatly appreciated.
> Thanks, Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nick Selemidis [mailto:nikolis at netspace.net.au] 
> Sent: Thursday, 12 April 2007 12:16 AM
> To: gregsonm at aanet.com.au
> Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] HotSpot Setup
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <gregsonm at aanet.com.au>
> Newsgroups: wifi.groups.melbournewireless
> To: <melbwireless at wireless.org.au>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 3:39 PM
> Subject: [MLB-WIRELESS] HotSpot Setup
>> Hello,
>> I am interested in setting up a hotspot that is easy to setup and uses
>> 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
> 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
> then depends what you plan to offer at your hotspot an antenna. Remember
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> Nick Selemidis 
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