Hotel router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by PokerMunkee, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. PokerMunkee

    PokerMunkee Networkin' Nut Member

    I have an RT-N16 as the router for a small 60 room hotel. Running Toastman's mod. Has a 7Mbps/896Kbps DSL uplink that works great with QoS configured.

    Looking at using the same router for a 150 hotel room hotel. It will have a 5Mbps/3Mbps connection (could increase it to 6/6 if needed but would rather not as the entire pipe is 10Mbps and want to reserve half for office LAN). Going to have DHCP range from with leases expiring every 2 hours.

    Any tips on how to make this a success? Currently there is an old router there that is doing no QoS, so as you can imagine it sucks to surf the web on any given night.

    Access Points are basic $120 Cisco PoE stuff with CAT5e to the main PoE wifi switch. Never had a problem with them.

    I do not have good experience with Captive Portal in Tomato and DD-WRT. It seems splashd crashes randomly and will break all new clients from getting connected. Is it better or the same version? Anyone using this with success? I tried scripts to restart splashd but just never was reliable. This is probably my main gripe with these open source solutions. I just want a nice splash page with a redirect to the property's website that works 100% of the time!

    Any insight is appreciated :)
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Victek has been fixing some remaining hiccups with splashd integration, I hope to incorporate these soon. It never had much of a priority with me, as very very few people use this function, I initially thought it was a great idea but it just annoyed the hell out of everyone, so I never used it here :cool:

    I have no problem here with 150 clients, you should be ok with it.
  3. PokerMunkee

    PokerMunkee Networkin' Nut Member

    Great, good to hear from the master himself!

    Choice Hotels requires that the hotspot redirect clients to the property's website or you get docked points on audits. I ended up replacing a RT-N16 at one of our properties that is a Quality Inn franchise with a commercial one just to get comply with Choice. But on our individual small hotels, your build seems to work great.

    Would also be cool to have an access password that staff could change daily. Holiday Inn Express does this and writes the pass on your room key holder. Just thoughts for future stuff :D

    Now I need to play with VLANs. Always seem more complicated to get running than on regular HP or Cisco L2 switches. I get an error when trying to bind a VLAN to more than one port (Bridged to LAN).
  4. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    i made a diff between mine and victeck rc/nocat directory and i didnt see any (important) changes.

    I installed RT-N16 with my tomato in Hotel (5 stars, 3 floor, 20 rooms). Asus is a prime router and wireless network is on modecom mc-wr22 x10 with roaming IAPP. On RT-N16 i made 3 bridges (hotel services, private network and wireless AP`s). Connected hosts in the same time is about 60-80 devices. Connection 30/30Mbps optical cable, 32 public ip`s from ripe, behind router is webserver (IBM x3550 + debian) with 20 websites, each with own public IP. All works great from more than 1 year.

    I one location (conference room) i`m using captive portal and works correct.

    Best Regards.
  5. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    The only way I could get port tagging to work on Tomato was to plug the tagged ports into Tomato routers on both ends. When I tried to make a tagged port on a Cisco switch coming from the Tomato router, I just could not get it to work.
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