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    Setting up public Wi-Fi

    Hi All

    Wanting some advice on setting up public WiFi in a pub.
    The owner WAS giving he customers free WiFi but he was going it by using range exstenders from his office router and making it possable for anyone connected to access everything on his office network.
    wanting advice on best way to give customers free WiFi but at the same time stop anyone accessing anything on the network.
    was thinking of using wired access points and plugging them into a cable modem with a firewall and patch that into the office routher and set it and the access points to a differant IP range from the office network, who this work? if not what is the best way other than have another broadband line fitted.

    Thanks Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by danlad View Post
    ...wanting advice on best way to give customers free WiFi but at the same time stop anyone accessing anything on the network...
    Probably you should look at setting up a WiFi access point w/ limited IP addresses to prevent casual users accessing the main network. You will need to do your homework to make this work.
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    Many wi-fi routers (and some cable modem/router gateways) have a built-in feature to allow securely-segregated guest internet access:


    Routers

    Many existing routers feature the ability to create guest networks. We have compiled a list of wireless routers with this functionality and have put together general tutorials to help you (a) change your administrative password and (b) create an open guest network.

    If your router isn't in the supported list, there are two other things you can try. The easier way is to use a second router (maybe you have an old one sitting around somewhere) configured to be open, chained in front of or behind your WPA2 router with an ethernet cable (in front is slightly better for security; behind may let you do rate limiting or bandwidth quotas on the open router if the device supports it). The other way is to try to find open source firmware (such as OpenWRT or another firmware image) that runs on your router; installing custom firmware may require at least a moderate level of technical skill.


    https://openwireless.org/routers/


    You may get a more comprehensive answer if you identify the router model, modem model and ISP currently being used.


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    Last edited by BruceR; 2014-11-29 at 10:45. Reason: punc.

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    What you are attempting to do is normally beyond the scope of standard routers, but using OpenWRT or a branch may allow you to use a low cost router for the job. After that you need a commercial grade router and someone to set it up - I'd volunteer, but I think OpenWRT is a better bet.
    Chaining routers may prove to be even easier. Connect the open router to the internet and then connect the office router to an Ethernet port on the open router - it your existing router is a modem/router you need to buy another router for the office network.

    cheers, Paul
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    thanks for info guys.
    what you think to these?
    http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/prod...-uap-lr-cloud/

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    Looks like a good solution for public access, but it doesn't get around the issue of network separation. You still need either a proper switch / router or router chaining.
    If your router supports VLANs on the internal network you could use those pre-configured for the VLAN you set up.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Looks like a good solution for public access, but it doesn't get around the issue of network separation. You still need either a proper switch / router or router chaining.
    It sounded to me like that was included:

    Hosted Controller Features

    • Multiple SSID support for Guest Networks etc

    • User and Guest access


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    I assumed the office router had hardwired connections. If everything is wireless then using those units will provide the required separation.

    cheers, Paul

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