Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Walled Garden

So I have been scouring the interwebs and I have come across a few programs that would allow us to run a walled garden I believe wifidog is the best choice so far. I've come up with one other program which I'm still reading into. By the way this is Wikipedia's definition of a walled garden. And this is more specific definition of what I plan on doing.

So the way it would work is you would place a machine running Ubuntu with wifidog between the wireless AP and the rest of the network. When a user first opens there web browser and attempts to access a website they will be sent to a splash page that, for our purposes, would ask for a username and password. One more thing, you can use that Linksys router and flash it with wifidog so you don't need to set up a machine but you still need a separate server for authentication.

That's all for now.

Monday, September 21, 2009

First Post

Today I looked into IPv6 and what it is. Apparently IPv6 is the new Internet Protocol version which will replace IPv4. Don't ask me where IPv5 went. It never entered the public realm. The reason IPv6 was created is to solve the IP address shortage. IPv6 has a 128 bit address space unlike IPv4 which uses 32 bit. This means that there are 4 times more IP addresses available. IPv4 has 4,294,967,296 addresses available so multiply that by 2 for or do 2 to the 128 power and you get a big number. I can't offer much more right now since I'm still reading into the technical stuff about IPv6 but apparently it is more efficient than IPv4.

Also I looked a bit into creating a walled garden which is where you are redirected to a login page when accessing a wireless internet connection. It looks simple enough, but only if you have the right tools and right now I'm still looking into that.