[Ubuntu-ZW] Econet and headaches

Simpson Moyo simpsonmoyo at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 09:29:11 GMT 2010

I helped a friend with a similar problem some time ago... but his setup was
much bigger 20-30 workstations.

- I installed freeradius for user authentication.
- set-up and active portal (coovachili) for hotspot type set-up for people
that have laptops (every user had their own username and password)
- wrote him a small interface in php for adding and editing users and
setting up time/bandwidth quotas (wrote in freeradius mysql database)
- for desktops he setup pppoe (i think... cant really remember) but desktops
can also use active portal to authenticate on radius server

This may be a little overkill for what you want... but its very useful for
time and usage management.

Im sure they are simpler ways of doing it but that's how he wanted it.

if you want something like the above i can email you detailed set-up


On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at gmail.com> wrote:

> Much more simple, just 2-3 computers in a LAN with a printer, one or 2 of
> them with "3G"-modems
> /sinclair
> On 04/11/2010 11:01, Simpson Moyo wrote:
>> Is it like a hotspot setup?
>> On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at gmail.com
>> <mailto:o.sinclair at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>    Friends,
>>    we support 2 small sites where they among other things offer internet
>>    access (read sell it). They were using the "old" Econet 25/USD per
>> month
>>    package and could then charge for time, printouts etc. How it worked is
>>    another story.
>>    These computers use KDE Kubuntu 10.04 btw, am considering upgrading
>>    to 10.10
>>    The new "bundles" is a major headache... how do they now charge? If one
>>    user sits on Facebook/Youtube for x minutes and chew up bandwidth how
>> do
>>    you measure/charge for that? Another simply reads email, checks out
>>    newssites and does research, can sit for much longer but use much less
>>    bandwidth...
>>    Anyone else in this fix, anyone knows a tool that measures "used
>>    bandwidth" and could possibly cut at a reached amount?
>>    Best
>>    Sinclair
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