Need Wifi router that allows sign-in with email address and records email.

A deli wants to offer free wifi, but would like to capture the email addresses of the free users.

They would like to:
  • Put up a screen with a disclaimer/agreement for service  -  that the user sees when they initially connect to the WiFi network
  • Ask for an email address, which then grants access to wifi
  • Record the email addresses

Is there any inexpensive software that can do this?  They have researched services which charge $100+ a month, but they are on a budget while they are starting up.


Thanks
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Side note:  Do they realize how much of a deterrent this could be to people using that service?  I never give my email address to anybody any more unless there's good business reason for doing so, and even at that I have to switch addresses every two years because somebody has sold my email to spammers.
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
I agree to that, then again any captive portal can do this.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
I suggest using social media check-ins for free wifi.

Check out Ubiquiti UniFi but there are numerous others that can do this.

https://help.ubnt.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000871247-UniFi-Social-Media-Guest-Authentication
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nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
@nappy_d, that would conveniently lockout all users without (a)social media.
Or using (a)social media that the AP doesn't support.
(Think Diaspora or others).
Ricardo Jose Jr. PalmaNetwork and Security ConsultantCommented:
Hi,

This kind of services (with security consideration) is considered advanced guest registration, so you really need to spend.

Probably you can try to look at Fortinet, their FW (Fortigate) + wireless AP (FortiAP) solution.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
@noci If you use WiFi the chances are greater that you have been on or use social media, like my grandmother ;)

At the end of the day it's a solution proposed for the author so I wish him luck.
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
@nappy_d, i  use several WiFi AP's and i have NO social media accounts.  I dislike to be considered to be on sale, and advertised.

Captive accesspoints :
https://www.linksys.com/us/p/P-lapac1750pro/
http://www.hotspotsystem.com  - with various suppliers (continued from chillispot).

Build your own: based on pfSense firewall
http://www.nwlab.net/tutorials/pfSense/Captive-Portal.html
Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Have you considered using open source software/firmware for this?

Open Source router firmware like OpenWRT, DD-WRT, etc. generally have out of the box integration options for "public hotspot" (captive portal) applications. Most of these are completely free:

http://www.sputnik.com/products/sputnik_agent/
https://coova.github.io/
http://dev.wifidog.org/
https://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Chillispot


The effort on your side would just be choosing what combination of router/firmware/captive_portal you want to spend time implementing.

On a side note, since the person trying to sign in to guest wi-fi, doesn't actually have access to the Internet to verify their email address (before signing up), odds are you'll get a decent amount of junk/throwaway email addresses submitted.

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