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Anyone know free software (or very cheap) for creating paid access to WIFI - with tokens mechanism?

Can be on Linux, or Windows...

I have a small Hostel and I want to create paid access to wifi (like 1$ for hour).

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I should downvote this question just because you're trying to be a cheapo and get stuff for free, but you're trying to charge others –  Markasoftware Apr 12 at 23:03

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The most popular replacement firmware for relatively common routers, OpenWrt and dd-wrt, do provide support for establishing hotspots. There is quite a lot of documentation on this to be found on their respective Wikis:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Chillispot

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Captive_Portal#Provider

A lot of what was once quite hard to do, has been packaged up by EasyHotspot into an all in one hotspot management system.

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EasyHotspot seems nice. Its requirements state "Wireless Access Point (you don't need wireless router feature but a Wireless AP)." I guess this should read "you cannot use an existing wireless router, but you need a standalone Wireless AP"? –  Arjan Jun 13 '10 at 11:32
    
It just refers to the way you should configure the router/AP. Some where in the firmware should be an option that allows your device to function in one of several modes, Router or Access point etc. –  Pulse Jun 13 '10 at 11:58
    
Ah, my comment was phrased quite badly. I meant to ask: if one has a modem with a built-in wireless router (which is connected to the internet) then one would need a separate wireless device to be the access point for EasyHotspot, right? (Just curious; not saying it's bad.) –  Arjan Jun 13 '10 at 12:03
    
My bad, I misunderstood. I guess it would depend upon the options available in the modem/router, but in all honesty, I believe a dedicated device would be the better option. –  Pulse Jun 13 '10 at 12:08
    
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal at the end is good list of alternatives. –  akira Jul 29 '10 at 11:40

Not exactly what you asked for, as it's not based on tokens, but: you could join FON, and open up your (cheap) Fonera router for paid access (not limited to you own guests, if the Wifi range is good).

A software solution I never tried, and which seems a bit hard to set up for a regular user, is CoovaChilli. It needs a WPA Enterprise router, and then offers authentication services to selectively --through a so-called captive portal-- share your access point.

Old Fonera routers are just €30, the newest €79 / $99.

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HotSpotPA is a hosted solution that costs under $99 per router. It is software that runs on both Linksys and Ubiquiti router hardware. Because it is hosted it doesn't require any Windows or Linux software, all the behind-the-scenes authentication and payment processing is done by the HotSpotPA company through an encrypted VPN that is built into the router. No tokens though, it requires the customer to use credit cards or PayPal.

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