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Hello,  I'm looking for a hotspot, I prefer a windows system (I don't feel comfortable with linux).

Are There any cheap software?

The idea is to control:
-  the users download / upload wide band.
- The users name  / password with a Radius server.
- Use It with some simple routers and the Radius authentication, I have over 15 places with this kind of router to access Internet. Linksys, Dlink ....

Thanks
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by:Craig Beck
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If you use a hotspot system you don't particularly need a RADIUS server unless you want to authenticate users which are already in a different user database (such as Active Directory).  Hotspot systems will typically have their own user database.

It sounds like you need to do this at a few different sites?  If so, do you want the users to be able to go to each site and use the same user account?
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yes I have several sites, If id possible I would use Radius,

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Ok you can install hotspot software on a Windows box at each site which links to a central database which is authenticating users via RADIUS.

There's not much advantage to using RADIUS though unless you want to dynamically add restrictions, for example, per user.  If you just want to authenticate users (provide a yes or no answer to the hotspot) just use the central user database directly.

FirstSpot, for example, is an enterprise-level hotspot but there are different 'sizes'.  The standard size would be the cheapest option.  It installs on any version of Windows and runs the entire hotspot suite of services.  I've used it, a lot, and it's excellent.

http://www.patronsoft.com/firstspot/buy_now.html

I would consider creating a VPN between your sites to the site with the hotspot server.  That means you can simplify your hotspot infrastructure,  If you went with a non-VPN solution you'd need a hotspot at each site, but with a VPN you can tunnel everything back to the central hotspot.
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by:limmontreefree
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thanks,

I'll try.
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