Public Wifi hotspot solution, using a Radius server - want WPA/WPA2 encryption

Hi All,

I want to implement a public Wifi hotspot solution, using a Radius server for the customer 802.1x authentication process.

However, rather than use a open Wifi Hotspots (no encryption), I'd ideally like to implement WPA or WPA2 encryption for the Hotspots - with customers entering a username and password supplied to them via a printed voucher.

I can setup the customers Proxy, via a proxy auto-config (PAP) file - provided they have "Automatically detect settings" in their browsers connect tab ticked.

But can I also automatically uncheck the option labelled "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)"

The above option is hidden deep in wireless settings, so I cannot reasonable expect members of the public to do this themselves - but I want to offer them secure WiFi hotspots!

Any ideas?!


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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
other than if they were part of a domain using group policy, I do not believe you can do this, change "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)".

But would you want to tamper with their computing settings?

Why not issue good documentation, with step by step instructions, that exists in some good hotel chains?
JamieAuthor Commented:
Hi hanccocka - fair points, but as with automatic settings via a PAC file, to set automatically would have been the easiest route to enable secure access for our customers. But like, you, my initial thoughts is it is not possible to set automatically for members of the public.

As you say, with decent documentation, they should be fine to follow - but many I suspect, would not even try - regardless on how good the documentation is.


Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If is covered in good documentation, it shows you are a professional organisation, when it comes to issues they are having configuring their computers.

and in the future more, mobile phones and tablets will be using WiFi hotspots, so the configuration will be even easier. As tablets and mobile phones eat into the existing laptop/netbook market.

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JamieAuthor Commented:
Hi hanccocka.
Apologies for the delay in replying. As you say, the only solution it seems is for detailed documentation.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems, good luck with it.

You've probably already thought of this, but have users, leave contact details, first name, last name and email address, so they are accountable for their actions using a public WiFi spot!
JamieAuthor Commented:
Hi hanccocka - yes, already got users contact details covered, thanks for your help. JamWales
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