Need help with NoCat Auth for Internet Cafe in Iraq

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by CPT Brian T. Hutchinson, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Building an Internet Cafe in Iraq for soldiers in our unit.

    Have a DirecWay two-way satellite system. Need to setup DansGuardian
    to keep people in the MWR tent off porn sites and need ideas on how I
    can setup a NoCat Auth box to make my WiFi users authenticate in order
    to use the system.

    Would like to also figure out a way I can limit users (on WiFi and on
    the wired LAN) to an hour or two. I have over 400 troops I need to
    make the system available to and I'd like to establish accounts and
    give everyone an hour or so of time a day to keep access fair. Once
    they use their time, they can't access the net anymore until the next
    day for example.

    Anyone have any ideas on how I can do this?

    I use Debian.

    Thanks for your help/support.



    CPT Brian T. Hutchinson
    S1, 1st BN, 201st FA
    CPT Brian T. Hutchinson, Feb 16, 2004
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    Paul Guest

    Have you tried the lists and archives over at ? That's
    where the guys that wrote NoCatAuth hang out....

    -- Paul
    Paul, Feb 17, 2004
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    Ian Stirling Guest

    Bytes rather than time might be more appropriate.
    Someone reading text can spend an hour reading what someone viewing
    a short movie clip can view in a few seconds.

    (assuming that wi-fi access is via personal laptops, and machine space
    is not a problem).
    Ian Stirling, Feb 18, 2004
  4. The problem I have is making the system available to everyone. I'm
    only going to have 20-30 seats and over 400 users! I can't allow
    soldiers to hang out all day long. The only solution I can think of
    that is fair is to give everyone the same limits on time usage so they
    do their thing and get out so the next guy can have access.

    I plan on having a samba server as the domain controller. I don't
    know if samba could enforce time limits or not.


    CPT Brian T. Hutchinson, Feb 18, 2004
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    sded Guest

    sded, Feb 18, 2004
  6. CPT Brian T. Hutchinson

    Paul Guest

    I gotta tell you, I have played with NoCat and once I got about a dozen
    users on the system, I started having problems. You need to check their
    archives and also info on the HostAP wlan driver that NoCat relies on. I
    remember that there was a big performance problem with the HostAP driver
    where it would start crapping out above a dozen users or so. I could be
    wrong, this may have changed, YMMV and all that.

    Personally, I gave up on NoCat and went with a Proxim AP-2500. I just
    didn't have the time to fuss with Linux and reinvent the wheel when
    commercial products are out there ready to plug and play. There is a new
    a/b/g Proxim AP-4000 that just came out that promises to be even better than
    the AP-2000/2500 series. The Proxim gear is very robust and has tons of
    features. It has authentication, credit card verification, home page
    redirection, etc. etc. built in.

    -- Paul
    Paul, Feb 19, 2004
  7. If I had money then I'd be looking a comercial equipment. Problem is
    this entire effort was funded by soldiers, family members, and
    business where soldiers worked before they were deployed. We have
    enough money for the equipment and service. I have to enforce General
    Order #1 which includes a statement about p0rn etc. I was thinking of
    using a content filter like DansGuardian for that problem. I need a
    NoCat Auth or freeRadius system to authenticate my wireless and LAN
    users to control access and enforce time limits.

    I'm pretty much tied to using open source tools for this because I
    just don't know how I'm going to do this other wise. The Army just
    dosen't give us money for stuff like this.


    CPT H.
    CPT Brian T. Hutchinson, Feb 20, 2004
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