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What router for village hall ?

brabb
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What router for village hall ?

For my sins, I help look after our local village hall.  We've taken the decision to install a broadband connection + wifi so that it'll be a bit more of a village hub.

The issue I need to resolve is what router to install.  We won't be charging to use the service, but do want people to register and to collect (as a minimum) names + email addresses.  I believe (hope) there are routers available that will handle all this internally rather than having to pay some external organisation to provide a gateway.  Does anyone have knowledge of this area and could recommend something suitable ?  If I'm wrong and such beasts don't exist, what is the best alternative option ?

 

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Brian

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Re: What router for village hall ?

@brabb 

Have you fully thought this through?

I can't imagine that there's a hub that will do all this without an attached proper computer based management system. I can imagine that if this is left unsupervised 24/7 there will be users with false names and untraceable email addresses using it for all sorts of purposes.

This is not the itnended use of the Plusnet budget residential service.

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Re: What router for village hall ?

The term for access controlled public WiFi appears to be a hotspot gateway.
Solwise havecsome useful ibfo:
https://www.solwise.co.uk/solution-wifi-hotspots.htm
The R4 gateway implements login web pages.
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Some ( although I'm not sure which ones ) of the Draytek routers have User Management built in https://draytek.co.uk/information/our-technology/user-management#status-quota-management

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@brabb 

I don’t know if Brexit has cast off this judgement but it wouldn’t free the village hall committee from copyright infringement claims. Extracted from a post above. https://www.theregister.com/2016/09/15/eu_ends_anonymity_and_rules_open_wifi_hotspots_need_a_passwor...

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Re: What router for village hall ?

Given the nature of things nowadays I suspect any device would insist on reporting back to the manufacturer so you would need to think about your Privacy Policy and any Data protections requirements.

 

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Seems there's a later version of the Draytek Hotspot portal https://www.draytek.co.uk/information/our-technology/hotspot-portal

Seems its available on the 2862 and 2865 series

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There are uk companies which can manage both the access contol and legal compliance issues.
https://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-guest-internet-cloud
https://www.guest-internet.co.uk
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Re: What router for village hall ?

Thanks folks, some useful stuff there. 👍

 

I'll do some investigating.  I'll put an update on re what we decide to do.