when last we saw our hero (Monday, Sep 20, 2004), 
 Ben Kochie was madly tapping out:
> probably a better platform for the wireless hotspot would be to use
> an existing AP, like the linksys linux one.
this is kind of what i was thinking.  given that a wrt54g can be had
for $70-80 and there's a version of nocat splash out there for the wrt
it would be a fairly straightforward project to put nocatsplash on an
image for the TCWUG folks to get out to the locals.   it provides a
nearly turnkey solution for folks. 

if folks are looking for meeting event ideas, a wrt54g flash party
might be a thought.

> On Mon, 20 Sep 2004, steve ulrich wrote:
> >
> >one of the topics that came up in the last meeting was the creation
> >of a turnkey hotspot to allow relatively non-technical people to
> >provide a wireless hotspot, without letting people spam through
> >them and suck up all of their bandwidth.  the general concept
> >being; a person can run a cd based router w/hostap or something
> >similar off of a laptop or appropriately equipped pc and use a web
> >based gui to configure all of the interesting elements (available
> >b/w, pointer to captive portal content, AUP, etc.). support would
> >be provided by the TCWUG group.
> >
> >i thought i'd throw this out there in case someone was looking for
> >a fun project for the fall / winter and wanted to donate some ergs
> >to the concept.

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