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My free internet access project is now active. It's in a "walled garden" configuration which means that there is a whitelist of permitted sites; access to a site that is not on the list is shown a 404 splash page instead. This type of setup is intended to reduce the risk of abuse as the users are virtually non traceable. It is implemented with a firewall redirect of all port 80 traffic, and a simple PHP script which analyses the requested URL and decides whether to "pass through" the content, or deny it with the splash page. There is no direct IP translation; the server fetches the object (via a local caching proxy) and relays it to the user.

Currently the setup is running off a couple of standard APs (Dlink 900AP+ and MSI RG54G2) so the geographical coverage is *severely* limited. This also means that it's currently impossible to connect with any other MW members... not that there are many around here! I hope to build or purchase a higher power setup in the near future. For now, I've located the APs at opposite ends of my home in order to increase the potential for people to be able to see AND connect to at least one of them.

The project uses a dedicated FreeBSD server with a private LAN cross connect into my home network. Both access points connect to the same server so it doesn't matter which AP you're associated with - the only difference is that you'll be assigned an IP from another range.

The location of the network is near the border of Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park, a little west of Bridgewater Road. SSIDs are MYFREEWIFI_b and MYFREEWIFI_g.

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