Setting Up a Wireless LAN With Guest Services

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Setting Up a Wireless LAN With Guest Services
Set-up your wifi to grant Guest access (wifi access image by Jerome Dancette from

A problem that confronts many business' lately is how to give their customers wifi access yet allow their employees secured wireless access. Many manufacturers have come to the rescue building wifi hotspots units. These allow a public wifi channel as well as private wifi access for backend activities.

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Things you need

  • A Wifi hot spot router from various manufacturers

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    Decide how many private and public lans you will need. Some manufacturers will allow multiple lans, such as D-Link as well as many others. Purchase the unit and be prepared to do some complex programming, as to do whats need some knowledge of networking is required.

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    Decide on a location for the equipment, suitably a high point is an ideal location for the unit. Electric isn't always needed as some of these units offer PoE access (Power over Ethernet). This will push power over the Ethernet wire in a series of unused wires.

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    Create separate lans (guest and private), keep the private lan the same as your internal wired lan to gain access to the back office programs and printers. The guest lan should be on a completely different lan to keep guests off of your private network and to protect your private data.

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    Program the unit to allow a free accessible guest access, and a private secured link for your backend. You may want to require your guess access to authenticate or at the very least enter a passcode for the day or week. Authentication can be as simple as storing the computers unique mac address, in case any wrong doing is done by the guest such as illegal file sharing etc. By storing the mac address this could be used to block this user if the need arises.

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