I have a whole system already setup that has been working for me and was
recently able to get monowall integrated into it. I have a mysql db server
that holds all the user info and how much time is left. 2 radius servers
communicate with the database server. I built a web interface that lets the
user login, and add more time to their account. It is a use it till its
gone type of model. Idle timeouts keep the user from using a lot of time.
In the admin they can see their usage which shows that they logged in and
used X amount of time at X location. Since each of my units submits its own
mac to the radius server, I tie the mac's to an address so it will show each
user a "friendly" location id. Ex: "used 15 minutes at Perks Coffee Shop"
From: Lee Sharp [mailto:leesharp at hal dash pc dot org]
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 9:19 PM
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] hotspot monowall
From: "My List Mail" <mylistmail at gmail dot com>
> what i want is to run m0n0wall
> under it is a hotspot server where it can create a prepaid accounts
> which can be billed/sell by time usage.
> in short, its a billing system and account generation system in one
> central server.
OK, lets narrow this down to the things you need. You need a transport
medium, like an AP. You need some captive portal, like m0n0wall, at each
location. You can put a wireless card in m0n0wall, but host AP is less than
fantastic. You need an authentication system, most likely a RADIUS server.
You need an account generation system. And you need some way to take
An AP and a m0n0wall box at each location would work to capture traffic. A
central RADIUS (like free RADIUS) would work for authentication. The rest
is beyond me. I would suggest looking in groups for RADIUS, and online
billing, as that is where the gap lies for you.
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