How to set up your wireless internet connection to intercept webrequests

Posted on 2007-10-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Know how you go to a hotel or an airport and you find a free wifi signal. But as soon as you connect and browse, your request is intercepted and you get a web page with pricing and subscription information.

Does anyone know a step by step setup to do that. or is there special software required for that?
Question by:qudoos
    LVL 24

    Accepted Solution


    Looks like they hold a patent on this and want it to be licensed.

    "Over at, we just broke the story that Nomadix was issued a patent covering hotspot gateway page redirection. Nomadix makes hardware and software for the hotspot industry, and this patent would cover redirection used by community networking portals (like NoCat), sponsored free networks (like NewburyOpen.Net), and fee networks (like Wayport, T-Mobile HotSpot, and Cometa). It's unclear what terms Nomadix wants for a license, but this patent seems to take a standard way of doing business and put it under fee -- although Nomadix may have been the first firm to employ this method for proxy URL redirection."
    LVL 2

    Assisted Solution

    Depends on your experience - Chillispot is the best captive portal in my opinion and it's free:

    Here is a how-to for Gentoo Linux with FreeRadius and MySQL:

    Alternatively if you don't have Linux experience, Firstspot is a non-free captive portal application for Windows and is quite easy to configure:


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    What Security Threats Are You Missing?

    Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

    Last Mile Wireless The term last mile wireless is a bit deceptive as it can be much more than a mile. It is also called WiMax and 802.16. It generally refers to relatively short distance point-to-point / point-to-multipoint secure wireless connecti…
    I recently purchased a Bluetooth headset called the Music Jogger (model BSH10). The control buttons on it look like this: One of my goals is to use it as the microphone and speakers for Skype calls. In that respect, it works well. However, I …
    This Micro Tutorial will show you how to maximize your wireless card to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 wireless card on Windows 8 operating system.
    Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…

    737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now