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Wireless Gurus, in here please

I am trying to configure a wireless signal that will have the same webpage come up when you access the wireless signal.

It is for a business and when you use their wireless signal I want the browser to go to the business's webpage first.

I thought there was a way to do this through the router but the tech at Linksys says no.

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There probably is a way, but Linksys may not have the capability. Just set the homepage and be done with it.
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This is in a restaurant and I can't set the users homepage because they are customers that bring their computers in off of the street.

I have been places before such as the airport where when you access their wireless signal it sends you a personalized page from the business providing you with the hotspot.

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This is in a restaurant and I can't set the users homepage because they are customers that bring their computers in off of the street.

I have been places before such as the airport where when you access their wireless signal it sends you a personalized page from the business providing you with the hotspot.
I have seen that too. But I am wondering if Linksys just doesn't support or have that function.
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Nope, usually those are controller based solutions with either the web server/authentication stuff built in or hosted on another box or boxes.

What specific model of "Linksys"?

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Nope, usually those are controller based solutions with either the web server/authentication stuff built in or hosted on another box or boxes.

What specific model of "Linksys"?

So I would have to write something in HTML or another script to accomplish this?

It is a WRT-160N v3

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Nope, you'd need to buy a controller based solution. Wireless is not one of my specialties, route/switch, net security and voice are mine. I just have some exposure to these projects and have done a few implementations. So, take my recommendations/technical input with grain of salt.

Anyway, from a Cisco perspective (not Linksys type Cisco), the APs do not have the ability to redirect traffic to a web page that'll handle authentication and then from there proceed to track sessions and all that jazz. It is solely handled by one or more wireless LAN (WLAN) controller(s). (Depending on the amount of APs)

i.e. as outlined in this page...

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk72...8067489f.shtml

Any way, I'm not suggesting that you buy a Cisco solution since it would probably be way too expensive - UNLESS it is for a chain of restraunts or something then it could be cost effective. However, I don't think Linksys is going to be able to meet your requirements.

In general what you see in airports, hotels...etc...etc are more enterprise/corporate solutions. Linksys is considered SOHO/residential.

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Ceyko, thanks for taking the time to give me an answer. That gives me some direction.

I would have replied sooner but was in the sticks with limited internet this weekend.

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http://www.allyourprices.com/prices/...FSXyDAoddWYvtQ


So one of these for the mere price of $5724?

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So one of these for the mere price of $5724?
Round about, with the standard discount. Then you'll need smartnet and probably installation services. Then you'll need Cisco APs.

Remember, this stuff is geared for larger corporations. Is this a single place or will it be multiple? Check out Aruba wireless stuff... tends to be cheaper and fairly effective.

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I think I am going to be able to accomplish this with OpenWrt and a hacked Buffalo router. It has taken some doing but I have found a less expensive solution for my client.

Thanks for the help guys!

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Good to know. Does it track sessions and all that, or just a generic login type thing on a web page that allows full access?

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Good to know. Does it track sessions and all that, or just a generic login type thing on a web page that allows full access?
It has...

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Ugh, don't spend money on anything. It's called DNS just set up the DNS. Don't need to set up OpenWRT or anything else if you don't want to.
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Ugh, don't spend money on anything. It's called DNS just set up the DNS. Don't need to set up OpenWRT or anything else if you don't want to.
you obviously don't know what he's trying to accomplish here.

This isn't a DNS issue, he wants first connections to redirect to an html page to sign up for a temporary account, then when time expires, their session ends, and redirects them back to the page again, etc...

or something like this.

I haven't heard of the other software for the linksys's working like that yet, but again, i haven't tried.

Ceyko is right for a robust solution, you'll be looking at a pricey piece of equipment.

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This still requires off-box software, although it is free. Be neat if it was all inclusive in one box. Still not something I'd recommend for corporations or anything, but it would be handy.

Edit: by one box I mean all in the firmware on a WRT-54G ..etc I found that freeware, that has multiple components is sometimes more hassle then help.

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Ugh, don't spend money on anything. It's called DNS just set up the DNS. Don't need to set up OpenWRT or anything else if you don't want to.
Just curious what your thought process is on this one and what you think is going on. TBM outlined what is actually going on, but what are you thinking and why would you think DNS is a solution?

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I had some issues getting the software to flash properly to the router.

I tried open wrt, gargoyle, dd wrt then I tried open wrt again and it took.
Once the software was in place the rest was just configuring it.

As I understand the router will not last as long but for now the solution is in place working beautifully.

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