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I'm looking for software for a customer which runs a little hotel. They installed WLAN which is accessible from each room, and I need billing/admin software for that.

It should be possible to define eg. WEP-keys for each room, detect online time (maybe also data-capacity), similar to a phone system.

Anyone can recommend good (maybe even free) software for that purpose?

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Here is one for you that you can consider. And also, you might not find anything Legit AND free for internet coffee that provided billable internet access ;)

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Easyhotspot is software based on the Ubuntu OS that's meant for running a hotspot. However, I think it'll suit your purpose wonderfully. Users connect to the WLAN and login using credentials. It can be limited by bandwidth, usage and time limits. It contains both invoice billing and pre-paid voucher support.

It's a all-in-one package that runs from a liveCD No need to install different servers, just one computer, this software and a normal router.

Easyhotspot contains all this:


Schematical set-up:

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Good one, free and Legit! But, what it is, is what it is! – r0ca Jun 22 '10 at 18:31
@r0ca - Too bad people downvote just because my answer's better? =) Not even mentioning why in a comment ;) – BloodPhilia Jun 22 '10 at 18:31
Better, that's not the point. In the FAQ, it's says that downvoting is good when the answer is not appropriate and not related to the question. My answer was related!!! But my opinion did not "fit" with yours. So that's why you downvote... – r0ca Jun 22 '10 at 18:39
@r0ca Is that a reason to take revenge and downvote me as well? Just because my opinion doesn't stroke with yours... You could've just commented me using @blood so I'd take notice. Just taking out "And also, you might not find anything Legit AND free for internet coffee that provided billable internet access ;)" would've made me change my mind and remove your downvote. – BloodPhilia Jun 22 '10 at 18:41
What? You are asking me to do what you did not? Ok, ok, stop crying! I'll upvote one your question/answer! – r0ca Jun 22 '10 at 18:44

I would look in to the Coova project. It should include everything you need to run your own hotspot - all you need is a wireless access point that will run OpenWRT, and a server to run your RADIUS and web servers. All of this is free (open source, even), and I've used some of its components in the past as part of large-scale commercial wireless systems and can vouch that at least the parts we used were pretty stable. You might have to roll your sleeves up a little and learn a bit about RADIUS and such, but I think it's as painless a process as you're going to find, short of hiring someone to do it for you.

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Easyhotspot does this all without al the hassle, it's an all-in-one solution that bundles all the software you just mentioned. – BloodPhilia Jun 22 '10 at 15:56
@BloodPhilia Seriously, you're going to downvote everybody else because you like your own answer better? I don't think anybody else here was giving an abusive or technically incorrect answer, man. – John Hyland Jun 22 '10 at 20:54
Read the comments below my own answer... This has long been resolved, now stop crying about it already. – BloodPhilia Jun 22 '10 at 21:40

Check out - free as in beer!

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