[Ubuntu-ZW] Econet and headaches

Samuel Mukoti samuelmukoti at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 12:41:11 GMT 2010


Simpson's answer seems to be the best option, you can give the users a
bandwidth quota and/or time-usage quotas and using so the users is logged
out depending on time or bandwidth, according to which ever threshold is
reached first.

Regards,

Sam

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM, Simpson Moyo <simpsonmoyo at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> instructions...
>
> Simpson
>
>
> 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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