[clug] ... and WiFi access in Civic

Steve Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Tue Feb 19 22:17:14 GMT 2008

Paul Wayper wrote:
> I'd also like to hear from those people (Steve?) who have set up 
> public WiFi
> access points as to the cost, and any legal questions that arise.  If 
> we bathe
> Garema Place in the warm glow of public WiFi, are we responsible for 
> anything
> that the public does on that network?
You need to be able to track stuff back to a MAC address, which is 
trivial with DHCP logs and a transparent proxy.
>   Are there any other legal aspects we
> need to consider?
No, but be aware, public, or any type of wifi, is considered to be Wild 
West. ACA (or whatever they are this month) don't want to know that you 
were there first, then those bastards Azure came along and plonked a 
more powerful access point down right on your channel and it's now 
blatting the shit out of your AP. Sort it out between yourselves, just 
stop before it gets to Molotov Cocktails, ok?

> And just how much would it cost?
Upfront - however many AP's you want
Ongoing - DSL

We had our transproxy, etc, in the colo, so if you wanted to limit stuff 
you'd need to put that with the DSL, but that makes it easier to do the 
backend auth for WPA as well.

Oh, and be prepared for people to complain the free service sucks, they 
can't connect, they weren't browsing porn, it just popped up, etc.

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