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Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: Making a Linux-based Hotspot

Apr 17, 2009, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

"A: Let's first unpack this scenario--you want to setup a single piece of hardware that will give nearby users wireless Internet access. But, you want to force them to see a splash page upon connecting (such as ads from sponsors), and you want to define limits on their upload and download speeds, presumably so that no single user can hog all the available bandwidth to the Internet.

"As you have discovered, NoDogSplash meets all of your needs, but with one catch--it runs on OpenWRT, which is a less user-friendly router firmware than, say, DD-WRT (or Tomato). The OpenWRT learning curve is considerable compared to these others, and although it is quite powerful, it may not be the most inviting choice for a turnkey solution.

"Unfortunately, it does not seem like anyone has posted a successful report of installing NoDogSplash on DD-WRT or Tomato. However, there are two alternative approaches to consider:"

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