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Web Content Filtering + Bandwidth Quota Restriction For Public Hotspot

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First post so bare with me :)


have a client that has gone for an integrated hotspot solution from netcomm
Product is a HS960 -  http://www.netcomm.com.au/products/hotspots/hs960

its basically a captive portal with built in authentication, billing and attached account printer.
The client provides student accommodation. the internet is used from their own laptops or 2 shared kiosks pc's (also connected via wireless to the portal)

within the hotspot there is no way to limit bandwidth via quota (ie: 500mb per day per user) they also needs some way to filter adult content from a gateway level.

i have looked at a few solutions so far but nothing that really fits in the environment.

the plan will be to build a proxy/firewall/gateway from a desktop PC that can be utilized for basic file/print services as well.

looking for open source or low cost solutions


see attached network diagram


Any input is appreciated.




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iv been looking at safesquid free edition (limit 20 users) http://www.safesquid.com for content filtering, does anyone know of a solution i could run in conjunction with this to restrict daily bandwidth via ip address or ip range (eg: dhcp pools).

it needs to be ip or mac based as the student using the hotspot only authenticate via the hostspot (time based randomly generated accounts)
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Looks like squidsafe may be able to handle the bandwidth restrictions itself through policy and limits,
seems more geared toward authenticated users or static ips but i will setup it up on a vm and test the rules.




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chatxfalcon earned 250 total points
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For opensource option,

I believe based on what you need is kinda complicated to setup.. you need to configure many applications

This application might help you.. And I think its cost effective than other hotspot software.

      http://www.antamedia.com/hotspot/

You can download a trial copy


I hope this helps
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thanks for the reply.

The problem is the client has already paid for and implemented the netcomm solution.

he needs away to filter content & restrict bandwidth while utilizing the current captive portal/authorization and accounting system.

the netcomm unit has already cost $1500 at least with a software proxy or similar i can utilise the hardware for file services ect as well.

i agree that safesquid appears to be overkill but yet to find a better solution
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no longer needed thanks for the recomendation
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