Hotspot with no captive portal for known users

Discussion in 'EWRT Firmware Project' started by dan_ce, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. dan_ce

    dan_ce Guest

    To all a good evening!

    I'd like to use my WRT54G to provide a wireless hotspot to strangers. I don't, however, want to hassle or endanger my existing clients, wired and unwired. Is this possible with EWRT?

    I do have a spare netgear router - but NAT is no protection, is it!

  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    The next version (v24) of DD-WRT should make this possible but right now there is only one real secure way to allow public & private access to your wifi at the same time using a single WRT54G: (That I can think of.)

    1st - Isolate the wireless clients from the wired side of the network. Then setup a VPN so that trusted wireless clients can get access to the wired LAN via the VPN. (There are multiple types & methods of implementing the VPN.)

    A few other options that involve using both wireless rouers:

    1. If you have some extra space & an old PC, setup that Netgear as a dedicated public hotspot using something like

    2. Seperate the wireless network from the wired LAN ports on the WRT using the method mentioned above but then run a cable from a LAN port on the WRT to a LAN port on the Netgear. Configure the Netgear with a different SSID, channel & security settings from the WRT and then your trusted clients can connect to the Netgear like it was an access point and have access to the private wired network. (You'll need to use appropriate security such as WPA on the Netgear of course.)
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