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Problem all-in-one hotspot kit

Discussion in 'Wireless' started by supernova, Jan 7, 2010.

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  1. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    Does anyone know of a good all-in-one hotspot kit? its for a local club

    must have following features -

    • logon screen to type passcode / daily passcode (will be free to members of club only)
    • Independent ie not apart of cloud or btopenzone etc
    • Web content filtering (important!)
    • quality of service, restrict bandwidth to each user, restrict bandwidth inline with ISP's monthly usage policy
    • block certain sites and services (ie windows update, skype, p2p)
    • ethernet port to allow office non-restrictive (ie with out passcode, and allow windows update etc ) access, however, still have Web content filtering.

    I really need a product that can be managed by people with little IT knowledge. I am finding it difficult to find anything suitable.

    Hope you guys can suggest something?

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010
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  2. Nelix
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    Nelix Gigabyte Poster

    Apparently this device can be flashed with new firmware to allow what you are looking for


    Here is a great set of tutorials on youtube showing exactly how to do it:

    1. Setup a Hotspot with LinkSys WRT54GL (Part 1:Install DD-WRT)


    2. Setup Your Own Hotspot with LinkSys WRT54GL (Part 2)


    Get the dd wrt firmware from here


    Use DD-WRT v24 RC5 as it is stable

    there are other hotspots available on the wrt54GL , have a look in the services / hotspot section of the wrt54GL once you have the dd wrt firmware installed. Make sure you use ethernet cable to flash the firmware as using wireless will brick your wrt54gl.

    Here is a vid tutorial on loading a wrt54GL with dd wrt firmware


    Once again use DD-WRT v24 RC5 as it is stable.

    Hope this helps
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  3. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    Yep - bang on - WRT54G is the way to go. Make sure you get the right version though - some of them are unable to be flashed because they chopped down the amount of flash memory available, making a third-party firmware install very difficult.

    FWIW, I run Open-WRT rather than DD-WRT as I prefer it - I find it more stable and with more and better features.
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  4. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    Thanks I didn't know hotspotsystem.com now offered a free service

    only thing i am concerned about is content filtering, opendns is enough in my view.

    I would also like URL rewrite if possible

    I would preferred if hotspotsystem.com had a daily code option

    do you know if these are supported?
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