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Best way to redirect traffic\Authorize etc.

Posted on 2009-04-28
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Last Modified: 2013-12-06

I have a few 2-way satellite links using a VSAT connecting to the Internet through Cisco equipment.

I attached a simplified sketch of such a network (in real life this network has some 3 Cisco 2811 routers & 3 Cisco 2950 switches involved).

As you see in the sketch, the clients have real-world IPs & there's the VSAT internal network (10.0.x.x) between the VSAT & the Cisco. Also the way back to the VSAT is through another third network (the DVB network).

I'd like to add some Captive portal\Authentication\Authorization server so the clients behind the VSAT would have to login before they proceed to the Internet.

What is the best way for me to go? please try to be as specific as possible.

Thanks in advance
Question by:meirjean
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Doe it matter where this "security" box resides?

I personally would suggest you get a proxy server and locate at the remote site.  The proxy server could do at least double duty, first force users to authenticate and second cache a lot of stuff to reduce the traffic on the VSAT link.  If you need to do site or content filtering, then it could also do that.

I know that Squid is a free proxy server that does authentication.  You can also setup Squid (or most other other proxy servers) so that they are transparent in-line.  Meaning that they are physically in-line in-between the users  and the external router.  The advantage of in-line transparent proxying is that there is no configuration needed on the users desktop.  

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What's going to prevent the client from bypassing the "security box" when it sits at his end?

Thanks in advance,
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giltjr earned 1500 total points
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If you install the "security" box in-line they can't bypass it.  The setup would be:

User <--> Switch <--> security-box <---> Internet router

The security box would need two NIC's and be able to act as a transparent bridge.

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