Providing free wifi access

Hi all,

I'm curious to know if anyone can recommend a out of the box solution for this:
Restaurant provides free wifi but wants to limit the access to 2 hours.
Customer makes purchase and gets a coupon access code they input when they start the browser.

Printing the coupons and setting up the timer is important - they may want to offer 1 hour or 3 hours etc.

Looking for a cheap solution first for a trial basis.
Also - can this be done through a WRT54g3g or other desktop based router?
Thanks in advance
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naykamCommented:
Hello,

There are a couple of solutions:

www.nomadix.com - This is a out of the box solution that will cost you. But it provides everything from time management, speed management. The ability to accept credit cards for a connection. Its a simple web gui setup - with the ability to completely customize. You can pre-generate codes or integrate the Point of sale system and allow that to print out the access codes upon sales (will require some config). Contact them and they should give you a demo - they did for me

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index - This will Nativity run on your router. It replaces the current firmware with some more advanced open source software, It has alot of options including access controll. It may not integrate as well, but defiantly look into it.

There are also some other options like www.pfsense.com but it requires building a box, config etc
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jtruCommented:
You should look at the following,

NoCatAuth Project at http://sourceforge.net/projects/nocatauth/  is the classic do-it-yourself solution.

The WRT code requires a Linksys WRT54 or WRT-compatible access point and does not generally support an add-on ticket printer.

You can also try,

ZyXEL G-4100 v2   AP   http://www.zyxel.com/web/product_family_detail.php?PC1indexflag=20040520161256&display=8064&CategoryGroupNo=4E14C850-478D-4204-8C85-2994C9552426

ZyXEL VSG-1200 v2 Gateway   ~ $1100  in 2010
http://www.zyxel.com/web/product_family_detail.php?PC1indexflag=20040520161256&display=8064&CategoryGroupNo=97844F93-3D2C-4306-BFAF-29DAAEBACF17

SMC also has a stand alone box, but you will have to google that.

There are several integrators that have cobbled together a solution.


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oconnork00Author Commented:
Hi naykam,

I installed the wrt dd onto my Linksys wrt54gs

Do you have experience in doing this to routers? I'm finding it difficult to find any documentation on wrt-dd for what I want to do with the router.

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oconnork00Author Commented:
wrt dd works great. Found a website http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index has all the info I need :)
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oconnork00Author Commented:
wrt dd works great. Found a website http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index has all the info I need :)
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