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Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by amitroy5, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    For my apartment, we are planning to create a hotspot for everyone to log into for free, and I have to set it up. We have plans for one connection and multiple range extenders to get the job done. However, that is not the issue.

    For the hotspot, I want to be able to have a "welcome page" that people see when they first open it. Also, I want to be able to use a print server to create a "community printer." I don't want people to be able to share files and when those Skype phones come out (like the one from Netgear), I want those to be able to join the network. Any ideas? Thanks!
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    Nocat splash firmware will give you a welcome page...Or what is referred to as a captive portal.

    Setting up a shared printer with a print server isn't a big deal, however windows uses the same ports and protocols for file sharing and printing so it would be nearly impossible to block one without the other on the router end.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Hotspot: Check out http://dd-wrt.com/ and Chillispot (I think).

    Printing: Set up the printer as an http printer, and people can print there from all over the internet (if you would want that). A much more "net friendly" way than the typical Windoze type printer sharing. Google for CUPS and/or Novell iPrint, which will probably also find you links on how to setup on Windoze.
  4. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    I was wondering if it is possible to set aside mac addresses that would automatically connect without the captive portal. The reason is because if I want to set up a Linksys print server or something else that doesn't have a built-in web browser, I still want those to be on the network.

    Also, does anyone have any tutorial to configure a free hotspot? I tried googling for one, but I have had no luck so far. Thanks!
  5. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    You can probably set a list of macs that are ok to connect with nocat or chilispot.
    Don't know a link to a tutorial off hand, if i find one i'll post it.
  6. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    I tried the hotspot that came with DD-WRT and so far have had no success.
  7. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    never used dd-wrt, ask jagboy I think he's a big fan.

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