Thanks for the reply. I put that message up on three list (PHP,
MySQL, RedHat) and this has been the only reply. There are a lot of
software packages that I found searching google.com, but they are all for
cyber cafe's that have the computers all ready set up for people to log
into. I have found none that would allow someone to bring in their own
laptop and be able to just hook it up and also keep track of the time. I
was hoping to find one that would run the server on RedHat/PHP/MySQL and do
what is needed.
The customer is not actually going to be running a regular cyber
cafe. But for the things that they want to do, it is pretty much the same
thing. I guess they have some clients that travel a lot and want to come
in and use their network when they are in town. From what I understand, it
is getting pretty annoying but they don't want to tell the people NO. I
don't know all of the details about that, I just know that they want it, so
I am going to try and get it for them. I have not tried to connect my
laptop in an airport yet, but from the way it sounds, that is part of the
type of setup that we want.
If I can ever figure out how to do this, I will try to post the
results to the lists so other people can use it and improve it as they see fit.
At 09:08 PM 6/3/2002 -0500, Bret Hughes wrote:
>On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, Steve Buehler wrote:
> > Does anybody know of any software all ready written or what would have to
> > be done, to allow us to run a cyber cafe style setup. What we need the
> > software to do is to allow someone to come in and plug in their computer to
> > our network (actually a customers network). They want the following:
> > 1. A customer comes in and signs up starting a clock so they could charge
> > the customer for the time.
> > 2. They want it to work for wired or wireless networks. So when they sign
> > in, it would either have to set their IP address on their machine
> > automatically, or we would have to give them an IP address to put in to
> > their system.
> > 3. It would have to send a report once a day to an email address (or
> > multiple email addresses) with the days summary of time used and amount of
> > money made.
> > 4. A regular customer could come in and use the same login each time so
> > that they could track everything over long periods of time, on a per
> > customer basis. They might want to give discounts to these people and/or
> > give away free stuff. Kind of like....for every minute someone has been
> > on, they get one credit point. Those credit points can be used for
> > purchasing extra time, or other products in the business. Now, if it is
> > kept in a mysql database, than that would not be hard to pull.
> > I know that there are cyber cafe's out there now, so I am assuming that I
> > should not have to reinvent the wheel for this software. If not, how would
> > somebody go about setting this up. Basically, if I could get it set up so
> > that ALL IP addresses on the local network are not allowed in unless they
> > sign in first, than what file would it have to put that IP address in and
> > what would have to be restarted to allow that customer access? Preferably,
> > I would like the program to work with RedHat Linux, PHP and MySQL.
> > Thanks In Advance
> > Steve Buehler
>Steve I am sitting in a cyber cafe right now in Las Vegas, and no inspite
>of what the reservations people tell you there is no highspeed internet
>connectivity in the Flamingo Hilton. Pisses me off but I will leave that
>Any way I have used these types of thing occationally while traveling
>probably 3 or four times but have yet to see anyone do this cleverly. It
>is usually writting your name on a peice of paper with the time and then
>paying as you leave.
>However If I was going to try to do this I would probably start with a
>simple php generated html form that everyone should be able to use and
>have them obtain an address via dhcp but have the firewall setup to block
>all outgoing except for those that have logged in vi the php page. THe
>phph script would of course have the ipaddress since that is part of the
>http packet and could then build a FW rule that would allow the machine to
>hit the net.
>Then logging off via the same page would then kill the rule and tell them
>how much they owe. I don't know what happens when the shut down the
>machine without logging off but I am sure some business pratice could be
>put in place mabye a $2 stupid charge.
>If you wanted to get real fancy , I guess the php page could take a credit
>card and bill them automatically after verifying of course.
>Now, having said all that I have not seen this anywhere but would start as
>you have asking qestions and probably googling and freshmeat.
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