[isf-wifidog] Multiple SSIDs

Matthew Kitchin (Usenet/Lists) mkitchin.public at gmail.com
Ven 20 Juin 10:26:12 EDT 2008

Thank you for the response. I don't necessarily want to replace all my Cisco 
gear. We do 10 or more new facilities a year, and I would start this at our 
new facilities. The Cisco waps are doing multiple SSIDs. I do have the 
option of multiple SSIDs in the openwrt Linksys I just built. I'm really 
trying to simplify the setup. These are remote sites with no IT employees, 
and getting everything setup, plugged into the correct ports, etc remotely 
has become rather difficult. I'm trying to get it all running on one box. 
That being said, I didn't think of using the Linksys for just Wifidog and 
not a WAP. That would definitely work, and work better than what I'm 
currently doing. The version of FreeBSD that Monowall runs on isn't stable 
in a VMWare session. I would really love to get this all running on one box. 
If it can't work, I will probably do what you recommend by just using the 
Linksys for Wifidog, but that will be sort of ironic how close I am to 
getting it all in one box, and the Linksys is a WAP, but I can't use that 
feature in my setup.


wlanmac wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm wondering if you really need to replace all your cisco gear. You
> are already sending your publilc VLANs through a monowall, why not
> just swap that out with wifidog instead? Are your cisco waps doing
> multiple SSIDs? If your corporate network is stable on the cisco
> waps, it may not be wise to disrupt that for the public network, imho.
> The last I checked, multiple SSIDs is not a (working) feature of the
> broadcom drivers. You might be better off with kamikaze on atheros. In
> fact, the open-mesh.com devices and/or firmware might be good for
> you... though, they don't yet support an 802.1x private network
> configurations (only WPA/PSK). They do, however, allow you to pick a
> hotspot 'service provider' for your public network and the ability to
> configure it for your own RADIUS and portal is coming soon, I hear.
> Hope this helps,
> David
> On Thu, 2008-06-19 at 17:11 -0500, Matthew Kitchin (Usenet/Lists)
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm trying to see if Wifidog can do what I need. I have 150 locations
>> around the US. They currently have end high Cisco waps. Their main
>> function is for traveling employees laptops that authenticate with
>> WPA/Radius. These users connect back to our corporate office over
>> frame relay/MPLS. We have begun rolling out guest internet access.
>> This has to go out a local DSL or Cable modem to avoid impacting WAN
>> based business applications. We have rolled out a few with a
>> Monowall VMware appliance running on a local machine, but it has not
>> proven to be reliable and is rather cumbersome to setup.
>> After looking around and testing, I am now on the openwrt/WRT54GL
>> bandwagon. I'm blown away by the number of features I get for the
>> price compared to the high end Cisco waps we have been buying. As
>> for the guest internet, we simply want the captive portal feature
>> that requires the user to enter a code. We simply want to stop drive
>> by surfers, nothing more complicated. Our users are not even
>> remotely computer savvy. They likely wouldn't have email addresses.
>> It looks like I can accomplish what I need with "Password of the
>> day".
>> Now for the fun part. I'm so impressed with this setup, I want to
>> consider doing away with the high end Cisco waps all together. I'm
>> not sure if this is completely a Wifidog question, but it seemed
>> like a good place to start. With the Cisco wap, I have 2 SSIDs. blah
>> and blah-guest. blah is for non broadcasting corporate SSID and
>> blah-guest is the SSID on a different VLAN that goes to the monowall
>> captive portal. Is it possible to accomplish this with
>> WRT54GL/openwrt/Wifidog? Can I tell Wifidog to 'ignore' one SSID so
>> I can completely configure it within openwrt, and to have the
>> Wifidog captive portal work on the guest SSID?
>> This looks like a great setup, and I plan on using it no matter
>> what. It would just be great to run it all on one device. I don't
>> like the idea of putting 2 waps right next to each other.
>> Any tips or advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
>> Thanks,
>> Matthew Kitchin
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