[isf-wifidog] Some new features

Ian White ian.white at datamile-computers.com
Sam 24 Sep 04:22:20 EDT 2005

These changes look good. The major advantage of wifidog over nocat is the 
two way communication.

I'm not sure how the trusted mac is implementated, but it would be nice if 
it was a auth-server originated message rather than something on the wifi 
box in response to a heartbeat etc.

Being able to communicate with a node  to add macs, kick a user off by mac , 
reboot etc I think is the way to go.

I'm looking at if wifidog can replace nocat on locustworld meshes, as there 
trusted mac are configure outside of nocat, and you can't talk to nocat.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Philippe April" <isf_lists at philippeapril.com>
To: "WiFiDog Captive Portal" <wifidog at listes.ilesansfil.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 7:03 AM
Subject: [isf-wifidog] Some new features

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> Hi,
> I just committed some new/old features to CVS, we'll test more and
> deploy them in the next version of WiFiDog (I hope!).
> *1. I added {Saul Albert,Jo Walsh,Schuyler}'s patch to send MAC
> address as the node_id.
> Mina: I saw your comment regarding "if we want it to be the new
> default or not", I personally think so. Some folks use the 'default'
> node for a long while and it ruins some of our stats on the prod
> server :)
> Not just that, I think a lot of people would actually pick to use the
> MAC address as the node ID instead of creating IDs (which are random)
> anyway.
> Everybody: let's see what you guys have to say. I personally don't
> mind either ways, but the default is now the mac address (if
> nothing's specified in the config) and the config's node_id has been
> commented. We can revert anytime, we'd just need to add a new flag in
> the config, something like "UseMACAsNodeID".
> *2. I added new code and rules to allow people to specify trusted MAC
> addresses.
> It's an old request, which is handy. Of course it could be done by
> the authentication server. I think it's nice to be able to do it on
> the WiFidog gateway since some people would actually run it with a
> light auth server (or none!).
> *3. Some new features are coming, including Mina's cool:
>     1. Update
>     2. Restart
>     3. "Look Ma! No downtime!"
>     ... modifications.
> See changelog below.. Have a good night!
> ChangeLog:
> 2005-09-24 Philippe April <philippe at ilesansfil.org>
>     * (finally) Added {Saul Albert,Jo Walsh,Schuyler}'s patch (thank
> you!) to send
>     the GW interface's mac address as the node_id if no node_id is
> specified. It allows
>     the use of generic configuration files without the need to
> hardcode the
>     node_id in.
>     * Added TrustedMACList configuration variable which allows
> specifying
>     MAC addresses which are allowed to go through without
> authentication.
>     * Updated OpenWrt instructions.
> Philippe April
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