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Creating a wifi setup at a hotel

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  • Started 1 year ago by bvicritter
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bvicritter
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I hope someone here can help with an answer to this...

We own a hotel and have wifi for the guests... not free of charge. We currently ask guest to use the "honor system" and let us know when they use the internet so we can charge for it appropriately. Obviously, that doesn't work.

So, the guestion is... is there a way to give guests individul passwords for their stay? Say they come to the front desk, pay for 1 hour of internet total, we give them their own password, but it will stop working after 1 hour of internet time or something?

Would love help with this.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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bvicritter hi. As far as I know, you can't. It's possible on a wired connection with a special router I do know.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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This sounds so [ 1960s ] when hotels use to charge folks extra for a TV or Telephone in a room.

May be come up with a better overall room pricing plan or your competitors could soon put you out of business.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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btw. how many rooms ?

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whs
whs
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This is really a very bad idea. I avoid hotels that charge for WiFi even if I have to go to the next town to sleep. Unless you have a very exclusive location - like THE hotel in Death Valley - I would really not recommend doing that.

Leave a box at the reception where guests can make a 'WiFi donation' and give the money to charity.

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bvicritter
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wow.... well we are one of the few hotels that actaully has internet, so ... ya. no phones in the rooms either.

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whs
whs
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I am curious - in what part of the world is your hotel.

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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Well... there are tons of places where internet is not cheap or easily accessible.
I'm guessing the British Virgin Islands is one of those places.

You could use mac adress filtering to allow access for limited time. Just set wifi security with a key (wep, wap) AND, and that part is VERY important, enable mac adress filtering.
This would be a pain, though, as you would need to add their mac adress to your router before they can access and delete them after the hour is over.

So.. yeah.. huge pain, but it can be done.

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bvicritter
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only mac or can it be done for pc?

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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The 'Mac Address' is an address assigned to devices that connect to lan/wan.
PCs, Macs, SmartPhones, eBook readers etc all have a Mac Address.
So if your customer wants WiFi for his laptop, smartphone and ipad, you would need the Mac Adress of the 3 devices, add those addresses to your wifi's allowed list, and delete them once they reached the limit (1 hour, 2 hours, whatever you offer / they pay for).

Here's a link that tells you more about it. (link allowed, hopefully).
http://compnetworking.about.co.....ddress.htm

Here's one very useful post from TheGeek himself:
http://www.howtogeek.com/68403.....intrusion/
Scroll down to
Filter Network Access by MAC Address

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Link is fine :)

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast
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bvicritter,

The MAC address is not something that refers to Apple Macintosh computers. Short for "Media Access Control" address, the MAC address is a hardware address that uniquely identifies each piece of equipment. PC's, Mac's, routers, printers, network interface cards, etc. all have a MAC address to uniquely identify them on the network.

afuhnk's suggestion may be the most workable, least expensive solution for you. If you have any questions about it's implementation, ask and we will try to get you up and running with it.

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