Hotel-style WiFi Authentication (How do they do it?)

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My company is planning on creating an external WiFi Internet Access VLAN for non-employee (contractors & vendors) users. We have seen hotel-style Internet access configurations that allow the hotel to generate temporary credentials that they provide to guests. The hotel staff prints out a little ticket that lists a URL for guests to logon and gives them authentication information. After a pre-determined, configurable period of time, the credentials no longer work. We would like to determine what kind of software and hardware would be required to offer a solution like this to our visitors. I'm not talking about a theoretical solution (or the components to a solution), I'm interested in finding an actual fully-functional system that we could purchase in reality (by name or by industry standard term - so I can create an RFP for procurement). I've talked to several hotel IS personnel and they've all told me that the systems that they use are offered as full turn-key systems (they don't know any of the details as to who the providers are - or they don't want to say for security reasons). Can you tell me how Hotels do this and what they use for the software/hardware? Thanks!

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Sounds like you are looking for a captive wireless portal solution. Simply Google “captive wireless portal” and that will give you some companies and solutions. Good luck.


There are many ways of doing it, this is my way of doing it.

1) Any wireless AP device [a linksys wrt54gl would be very nice will explain later]
2) a descent pc with 2 network cards.
3) download zonecd from publicIP

another way of doing it.

<i>wifi-dog </i>
this is a very nice program which can be installed on a linksys router.

– open mesh
– wifi dog
– dd-wrt
– Wireless distributed systems.

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  • Buddyfarr
    too bad you are not looking to build it yourself. PUBLICip works great and is very easy to setup. If you don't have any luck finding a turnkey solution then look into it. Good luck!
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