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Setting up my own Wifi Hotspot to force users to my site?

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I have a Linksys WAP54G Ver3 Access Point setup at my house with no encryptions, with a Windows Server 2003 setup for the DHCP server to control IP's and access to the network. The main purpose of this is to share stuff with my neighbors with this, with out them getting on my main Private network which my family uses.

So my big question is... How do i set this wireless network up like those T-mobile hot spots, that force you to goto site regardless of what the users homepage is? Is it possible to do it with Windows Server and Linksys? If it is possible, can i have my windows server control logins for the site?

Thanks in advanced!
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As far as I know T-Mobile use special firmware for their Wireless Access Points which redirect all traffic to a partcular server which is configured to accept incomming requests regardless of the host header. I would imagine you would be able to do similar with a combination of a re-written firmware ( http://openwrt.org/ ) and IIS. You may also be able to do it without chaning the firmware and using ISA Server to redirect traffic and IIS to serve the login website.

What are you goals? to provide each user with a login so that you can track usage?
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Yes 2 main purposes, #1  is to track usage #2 Because there is no internet on this network, i want them to be re-directed to my Web server thats on the network so they can see how get on the forums and get an account for the file server.
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Right, My suggestion would be that you configure your forum website to accept connections for any host, then use the built-in forwarding features of the Linksys AP to redirect port 80 to the IP address and port of the website.

I am also assuming that your network is configured so that the Windows 2003 Server has two NICs, one for your internal network and one to connect to the AP?
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Also can some one elaborate on what an IIS and ISA server is, what they do, and point me in the right direction to help me set them up? Any tutorials online would help alot, thanks again!
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Yes RichardSlater, The server has 2 Nics, one that lets my family network access the file server, and the other nic to control the AP's network. Thanks alot for your help so far.
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IIS is Internet Information Service, the version supplied with Windows 2003 is IIS 6 - http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/iis/default.mspx

ISA Server is Internet Security and Acceleration Server the latest version is ISA 2006 - http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/default.mspx

Installing IIS : http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/iis/750d3137-462c-491d-b6c7-5f370d7f26cd.mspx
Installing ISA : http://www.microsoft.com/technet/isa/2006/deploy/se_install_guide.mspx
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Thanks alot for your help Richard, I skimmed through those, as for IIS, im running an apache webserver so i dont think that will help with redirecting AP users. As for the ISA server, i dont see anything specific to what im trying to do, any way you can point me to a specific tutorial on how to set up redirection?
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I can't find anything specifically for the WAP54G, however on my BEFW11S4 it is under Applications and Gaming -> Port range formatting:

Application: ForwardHTTP
Port Range (Start): 80
Port Range (End): 80
Protocol: TCP
IP Address: <IP Address of your server>
Enable: Yes
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Ok, that sounds like its a router, and correct my if im wrong, that only controls external connections coming from the WAN part of your router. If thats true, then that means they would actually have to hit the IP of the router for that to work.

How I want this to work is, people behind my router (LAN), when they try to get out (www), no matter where on the www they go, it makes them goto http://10.0.0.1 (my webserver on the LAN).  Thats what the t-mobile hotspots do, no matter where you go, it takes you to the splash page to login. Once your logged in, it lets go you anywhere on the www.

My situation is a bit more simple, this will just direct them to the LAN webserver no matter what, there will be no login for them to go out to the www.

If i can get that figured out, that would solve my biggest problem.
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I have never used Linksys Access Points, only Linksys routers, I can't quite see how it would work if you can't redirect traffic coming in from the AP to a particular IP address.

In theory you could put one of the server NICs into promiscuous mode then used some client filtering of some sort (I am fairly sure it could be done with Linux/IPTABLES, but I don't know about W2K3). As i mentioned in my first post T-Mobile, BT OpenZone, The Cloud, etc. all use custom firmware as far as I am aware rather than off the shelf access points.
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