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Q: wifi access for customers ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: wifi access for customers
Category: Computers
Asked by: ostienen-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Nov 2006 15:10 PST
Expires: 29 Dec 2006 15:10 PST
Question ID: 786751
how do i configure my wifi router for controlled free internet access
in  my coffee shop? The goal is to provide free wifi access for my
customers but be able to limit the tome they spend the time online. I
have a Linksys router.
Subject: Re: wifi access for customers
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 09 Dec 2006 12:01 PST
Hello ostienen,

Thank you for your question.

There are a few options here. First of all, do you want to pay for a
solution or would you prefer a free solution?

If you require a paid solution, you need the griffin box. This will
allow you to charge for Internet access and also give it away in time
It will replace your current router, saving you electricity costs.

It is available from here in the UK:

Flexsys Griffin Box

They have American resellers, too.

Alternatively, this company is also a very good wireless hardware distributor.


All of these options come with excellent tech support so you should
not go very wrong with any of them.

Search strategy:
Personal knowledge +
flexsys griffin box

If you need any additional clarification, let me know and I'll be glad
to assist you.

Subject: Re: wifi access for customers
From: mltechz-ga on 29 Nov 2006 15:54 PST
You will need more then a linksys router to be able to control
duration of time on an open WIFI network.

You basically need a server or desktop computer to run a monitoring
software or proxy like these:

I did find an article that would allow you to upgrade your router
(Depending on the model) so that your hotspot could join the "Boingo"
Hotspot network.
Subject: Re: wifi access for customers
From: kishorpanth-ga on 29 Nov 2006 18:25 PST
The best way is to have a Linux box connected to the wifi and run
Chilli spot with  free radius in that. This will help you control the

Hope this works 

Subject: Re: wifi access for customers
From: kishorpanth-ga on 29 Nov 2006 18:27 PST
Please note that its of free and you can modify that to meet your requirement

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