Hotel wifi set up

February 8, 2009 at 07:32:37
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How would you set up a free wireless access for hotel.
I know how to do this, but would lke to know to set it up so that when you connect you get a web page you have to agree to before you can access the internet.
Also i was planning on using WEP that can be told to the guests at the start of the stay, but going to the first q. then could i use open access and then this first page the asks for a password.
How could i do these 2 things?

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February 8, 2009 at 12:58:36
Hopefully somebody who has actually done something like this will respond with real details about how to do it, but I am pretty confident that your going to have to set up a professional grade router/server to do this. If you have experience with FOSS Operating Systems like Linux or BSD, you could still do it pretty cheaply, but you will have to have a custom script or program of some kind to get it to work. Basically, it would seem that you would need to have the wireless access point(s) (with a hotel, I'm sure you will have to have multiple APs to get decent coverage) connected through a central router which is running a web server, a firewall, a DHCP server, and a DNS server, at the least. This custom script or program would be running as a deamon on the system as well and somehow detecting the initial DNS request for every new lease. Regardless of the URL requested by that initial request, the IP associated with that lease is instead directed to a web page on the server which is running a login script. Until that IP/lease successfully gets past this initial login script, then it is stuck in the loop where it can only access the login page. There may be some Open Source firewall program which can be customized to do this.

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February 8, 2009 at 18:05:14
My new Belkin router (model F5D8235-4 - gigabit ethernet and N+ wireless) apparently has a "guest" login. I've not enabled it because I'm not using any wireless (yet, and maybe not for a while). Here's the text from the help screen:

Guest Access
This option allows guest users access to the Internet while keeping them away from your private network. By default, this option is off. Guest users should connect to the Belkin N+ Guest network.

Security options for Guest Access
Hotel Style: Users will be redirected to a hotel-style landing page when they first try to access the Internet. They must correctly enter in the passphrase to log in.

WPA/WPA2-PSK: This option is similar to the security mode for the main router network. Users must correctly enter the PSK in order to join the guest network.

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March 14, 2009 at 18:31:59
got to
where u can find linux based system that can be integrated to the hotels PMS system for billing and hot spot check in and out. As for the hardware I recomend you use some cisco AP and cisco AP manager to control then + PoE switch. With this setup you can have a welcome page for guess, no wep or wpa required (all open systems) as the linux box takes care of the autentication. When the guess checks in he /she will be provided with an acces password that will expire when he/she checks out. Pretty cool stuff good luck.

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March 14, 2009 at 18:35:36
Oh forgot! as for the previous post, having a router in a hotel with a guess SSID and no security is asking for everyone and anyone to use the Hotel's parking lot as their cyber cafe. Thx

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March 15, 2009 at 06:44:06
This option allows guest users access to the Internet while keeping them away from your private network. By default, this option is off. Guest users should connect to the Belkin N+ Guest network.

This is a very optimistic statement. Since 802.11N wireless has not been ratified as a standard yet (should be this year though) there's not guarantee that any other manufacturer's equipment would be able to connect to the Belkin wireless N network and actually have it work.

Personally, I wouldn't buy one of those until N has been ratified and all manufacturer's are building their equipment to the standard.

It is a nice idea though, and will be useful once N's been ratified and you know you'll have interoperability between manufacturer's equipment. Until then, it's wishful thinking that all other brands will work together and you'd look silly trying to help customers get connected when they problem is the equipment isn't talking to each other correctly due to the router being a non-standard device. Although I'm quite sure all Belkin wireless N NIC's would communicate with the Belkin router just fine.....

I would avoid WEP encryption. With the right tools it can be cracked in under 30 minutes easily. I would go with WPA encryption and a simple password you give the guests when they check in a the front desk.

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March 15, 2009 at 16:00:04
Just wonder how big the hotel is because you may need a number of access points. Some laptops have trouble connecting with less than 3 bars.

As to the cyber cafe in the parking lot.... put a hot looking gal on roller skates selling drinks out there.

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