Controlling Wi-Fi access

  tomtucker 21:52 28 Jun 2004

I have a friend who runs a Marina. He has ADSL and allows visiting boats to access the Internet via his wi-fi router. Can anyone suggest a way that he can control access so that he can charge for the service to cover his costs? We all know that passwords can be passed on so he would like to control who can access his router and when. Is there an easy way to do this or will it need a more sophisticated approach? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.

  Forum Editor 22:19 28 Jun 2004

and to be honest it is something that doesn't have one, simple answer - or even any simple answers.

You can use an authentication server to control access, but it's a fairly costly, fairly complex solution, and only to be recommended where you are likely to have large numbers of users coming in and out of the network - at an airport for instance.

Otherwise I think your friend might be better off charging people a flat rate, and leaving them to use the connection as they wish. Some will use it more than others, but if he sets the rate correctly he should be able to ensure that at the very least he doesn't lose out.

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