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Old 10-10-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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Network Authentication And Web Filtering

I hope this is in the right spot. If not then I apologize. I also tried searching for similar questions but didn't find what I was looking for. Anyway here's what I'm trying to do:

I have a network at home with wireless and wired access. I want to add a login when you connect kind of like at hotels and such. Based on the login that is used I want to filter what kind of websites that user can visit so I can filter out xxx sites or social networks or cut off that user's outside network connection all together.

Also I have some things on my network that I won't be able to access a login page from, or it'll be overly complicated. Such as game consoles and and netflix enabled tvs/appliances. I guess I would need to be able to make exceptions for the MACs of those appliances to give them unrestricted access to the outside. I don't like this too much because their MAC could be spoofed giving the spoofer open access, but it's the best I can come up with.

Also I think I would like a separate wireless network just for guests that wouldn't be able to access any of my assets on my network. Like making VLANs that can't talk to each other but still have a route out to the internet.

Any Ideas?
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Originally Posted by veemun View Post
I have a network at home with wireless and wired access. I want to add a login when you connect kind of like at hotels and such.
I'd start searching this site, Sourceforge,, Savannah.nongnu and other such sites for terms like "captive portal", "wireless network portal" or "hotspot manager" because software (CoovaChilli, Packetfence, Wifidog) exists.
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Maybe LinuxMCE with Dansguardian installed...

But LinuxMCE has a VERY steep learning curve, and may be overkill form some of your goals, and might fall short on others (or at least require a lot of learning and configuration to get there)...

There's also Amahi Server,... but it's quasi proprietary (Open Source with "services" that are fee for service).


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