Setting up a free open access point

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by smapdi, May 19, 2007.

  1. smapdi

    smapdi Network Guru Member

    Hey all,

    I recently completed my 1 year of mandatory FON router sharing and would like to leave the somewhat dead beast that is FON. I got the FON service back in the day when they were selling WRT54GL's.

    I would like to continue to offer a free open AP without someone needing to have an account with FON but I have a small problem. The head of my network is a Buffalo WHR-G54S router running Tomato v.1.06 and the FON router is connected to one of the LAN ports on it. The crappy 0.6.6 firmware that came with the FON router had the option to completely isolate the FON WLAN from my internal network. I would like to do the same with a normal open access point. I would also like to be able to use the wired LAN ports on the router if need be.

    Which firmware should I use to do this and how would I go about setting it up once I have the firmware?

    I was thinking of using dd-wrt but I am open to anything (especially if it's less bloated that dd-wrt).
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Most of the firmwares do it, tomato surely does, so does thibor and in some instances the native firmware. Its called AP Isolation, if you enable it the wireless devices cannot access the lan. As to configuring just depends on what you want to do. I run several wireless devices. The one i leave open for anyone to connect to sit on the border (so to speak) so all my other devices are sitting behind other firewalls or only open to the paths i choose.
  3. smapdi

    smapdi Network Guru Member

    AP Isolation does nothing to restrict WLAN to LAN communication, all it does is prevent two WLAN clients from talking to each other.

    I know that the easiest thing to do would be to place to open access point as the system directly connected to the WAN but that is not really an option as the hardware is on opposite sides of the house.

    It's just frustrating to see that a ****ty company like FON can make this sort of thing easy while a nice firmware like Tomato or dd-wrt does not.......maybe I should try OpenWRT on this thing.....
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