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Old 03-11-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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Setting up a Captive portal

Well, first of all, hopefully this is the appropriate place for this question.

The title says it all. I am looking to setup, I think, a captive portal.

Some background on our environment. We have 100+ enterprise grade APs. All Cisco or HP Procurve brand. Out of those APs, we have a building with two of them; we want these two, and only these two to be part of this captive portal. This would be an open network and we would want users to either have to accept our policy or enter a generic username and password before they could surf. We are not looking to do any type of LDAP as everyone using these APs would be visitors and would not be in our database.

So, is a captive portal what I am truly looking for?

I wrote in this forum because I would like to do it on linux - preferably Suse 10.

How difficult of a project is this? And what software would I be looking at?

Thanks for any help!
Old 03-12-2008, 02:02 PM   #2
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NoCat & NoCatAuth at a little out of date

wifidog at

ChilliSpot linksys firmware (open source) -- build in your own Linksys AP

And the next ones from wikipedia

# FirstSpot - commercial Windows based hotspot software
# Hotspotexpress - software based for Linux platform (commercial)
# WiFiDog Captive Portal Suite - small C based kernel solution (embeddable)
# Wilmagate - C++ based and is executable both in Linux and Windows/Cygwin environments
# pfSense - FreeBSD 6.1 based firewall software derived from m0n0wall
# SweetSpot - Linux user-space, layer-3 daemon (open source)
# Air Marshal - software based for Linux platform (commercial)
# "TocToc" - software based for Linux platform generated by the Technical University of Valencia (open source).
# "DNS Redirector" - software based for Windows servers, now freeware.

About the dificult, I spend a couple of hours with NoCat & NoCatAuth on a old dell notebook without problems .... the others, don't know....

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Old 05-31-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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polkaspots community

We have about 30 hotspots running on the polkaspots community wifi network.

They are normally a commercial provider of wifi spots but they have an open source side it seems.

I think they use ddwrt firmware an wifidog. We were going to do it ourselves but for the hassle and energy, just decided to do it with them. YOu can even use your own kit if it's on the ddwrt site, all they need to do is activate it on their system.

The login screens are really clean and simple, so far, the system has always been up, the kit arrived on time and the person we deal with is helpful.

Worth a look anyway.

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