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Forcing Computers to a Webpage

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by aaserali, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. aaserali

    aaserali Member

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    Hi,

    I own a coffeeshop with free wi-fi access. I have seen some networks (like in universities) that when you connect and open a browser it forces that computer to a specified webpage. I own a normal NetGear router and was wondering if this was possible. I would like people to go to the coffeeshop's website.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Indochine

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    What about setting the browser's home page to the desired website?

    Or removing all shortcuts to the browser except a batch file coded thus:-

    Code:
    @echo off
    start "" "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" "http://www.desiredsite.com"
    exit
    
    Is that what you want? Do you need to prevent users going to undesired webpages, or is it just that you want them to go to your website first?

     
  3. Ripper

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    Go into your browser (FireFox, Internet Explorer, etc) and change the "homepage" to your coffeechop's web address.

    It's usually..

    Tools > Options > "Main options" tab

    Edit:

    :p
     
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  4. Indochine

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    :p
     
  5. aaserali

    aaserali Member

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    I don't really care what website they go to, I just want them to go to my website first. When they connect to our router and open a browser, the router forces them to go to my website FIRST. Then, they can go anywhere they want. And I know how to change my homepage!
     
  6. Ripper

    Ripper Active member

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    Well, surely it has nothing to do with the router redirecting them and is all about the browser?

    I'll let Indochine answer you - I'm a tad lost as to what you're trying to achieve now. Lol.
     
  7. aaserali

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    Lol, I'm sure it has to do with the router, but I may have to buy a new one. My sis goes to UCSD, and when we first tried to connect, the system had us take a "test" about pirating media and crap, then it let us connect. I would like to do the same thing --sort of... Instead of making them take a test, I want them to go to the coffeeshop's homepage.
     
  8. Indochine

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    Are you telling us that the browsers don't automatically go to their assigned home pages? Why can't you just assign your desired home page to each browser? UCSD is a big place with a fancy network with thousands of students. They need this for legal reasons maybe. You have a coffeeshop. A simple solution would be best. Can you explain why this will not work?
     
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  9. Auslander

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    the computers do not belong to aaserali. his coffeeshop has free wi-fi, and people bring their computers in to have access while they sit. he does not provide the computers. every time they fire up their browser, he wants them to go to a site of his choosing, not the page set as the homepage in their browsers. now, how do you do that?

    </clarify>
     
  10. Indochine

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    NoCatAuth sounds like that sort of thing. NoCatAuth is an access control and resource allocation solution for wireless clients. It is implemented on Access Points and is written in PERL. It is a work in progress maintained by the Sonoma County Wireless Group in California, USA. NoCatAuth has two elements; a Gateway service and an Authentication service.

    The NoCatAuth gateway service is concerned with running what is called Captive Portal. With NoCatAuth installed, wireless clients connecting to the Access Point are blocked from using network resources until such time as they have authenticated themselves. All web traffic from unauthenticated wireless clients is redirected to a login page. NoCatAuth is capable of dynamically relaxing firewall rules for those clients that authenticate successfully.

    http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2001/11/09/nocatauth.html

    http://oob.freeshell.org/nzwireless/nocat1.html

    http://nocat.net/

    http://www.wifinetnews.com/archives/005325.html

    http://www.wifinetnews.com/

    Obviously, nobody in their right minds is going to set up a wireless gateway by means of a Q & A thread on Afterdawn, great though we are here...

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?source=ig&hl=en&q=wireless+gateway+resources&meta=
     
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  11. aaserali

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    That's exactly what I need, except it's way tooo complicated, so I'm going to just screw it. Thanks for all the help though.
     
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    I can't for the life of me think why you would bother, lets assume the people that come in are buying product from you and not just turning up for free wifi,then your already preaching to the converted,they can also see what else you have by looking at the menu,you'd be better off with some liight music playing with a soft voice that's barely audible saying visit my website,or put another way subliminal messages oh yeah you can also add buy one more coffee and iced bun...lol..
     

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