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5 Open Source Wi-Fi Hotspot Solutions

Jun 07, 2010, 16:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"CoovaAP is another firmware replacement, based off of OpenWRT, specifically designed for Wi-Fi hotspots. It has the CoovaChilli access controller built-in, giving you captive portal, access provisioning, and accounting features. You can require hotspot users to login with accounts (self registered or defined by you) or just require users to agree to the Terms of Service (ToS).

"CoovaAP also sports WDS (wireless distribution system), great if you're setting up multiple APs. If you or your organization has a Facebook page, you might want to check out the Facebook captive portal feature. The firmware also has traffic shaping controls so you can limit the bandwidth your guests use."

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