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Topic # 29926 23-Jan-2009 14:09
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Hi,

I look after IT for a small not for profit educational organisation.

We have student PCs with well nailed down internet access.

A lot of students want to bring in their own laptops (with wireless), and would like internet access.

It would good if we could give them reasonably unrestricted wifi access to the internet.

What I would like to do is to have a system where we could sell coupons (with login details) for a few hours of internet access.

Ideally the time used would be cummulative rather than a use it or lose it scenario. There would also need to be a data cap as well.

I thought that tomizone looked promising, but they only have the use-it or lose-it time metering. e.g. Buy 1 hour and the hour expires 1 hour after you first log in (whether or not you are logged on).

 

Anyone know of some easy/free/simple solutions?





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  Reply # 191568 23-Jan-2009 14:43
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There is also Zenbu but you have to purchase their router.
They sell data rather than time so if you aren't logged in then your data doesn't get used.






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Reply # 191601 23-Jan-2009 16:11
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CYaBro: There is also Zenbu but you have to purchase their router.
They sell data rather than time so if you aren't logged in then your data doesn't get used.


Actually - that looks pretty good!
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  Reply # 191640 23-Jan-2009 18:51
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Also check out Tomizone, the Dlink DIR-300 running Tomizone will give you two SSIDs one upen but routed via the Tomizone, the other private for your own use. The DIR-300 has proven very reliable (for a Dlink product) in the many Tomizones I have installed, and can be purchased for around $80-$100 and a little more flexible than the Zenbu router.

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  Reply # 192193 26-Jan-2009 23:53
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I used to run a decent sized hotspot (30-50 customers connected at any one time).

I used Antamedia hotspot software and I couldn't recommend anything but it:
http://www.antamedia.com/

It's very simple to use, highly configurable and an all in one solution. PM me if you want any more details or need some help on the setup!





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