Direct LAN connections to external server

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by kapex, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. kapex

    kapex Guest

    I have a LAN with 50 drops and also a wireless access point for laptops.

    Anytime a user hooks up to the LAN (either wired or wireless) and opens the browser, I want them to see a portal home page. This portal site is hosted on a server outside the LAN (with a hosting company).

    How can I program/configure the router (linksys 4 port wired 10/100 router) to accomplish this?
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    If you have a WRT54/G/S/L (or Buffalo and some others) wireless router you can load DD-WRT firmware, which would let you redirect to several hotspots.

    (If you go buy a WRT, make sure you don't get the V5+, but rather the WRT54GL).
  3. thepianobar

    thepianobar Network Guru Member

    Agree with HennieM.

    I used DD-WRT and one of its features called NoCatSplash (I think) to do exactly what you're describing. Allows you to forward them to a page hosted on an outside server and force them to click a "I agree" type button to access anything else on the web. Also allows you to specify timeout periods and such (it's not perfect, after the timeout period existing connections for im clients and such were sometimes allowed to continue on). Didn't end up working out exactly the way I wanted it to for other reasons, but it sounds like it should match your needs. Takes a little to set up, but I was able to figure it out using the dd-wrt wiki and forum.
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