DNS Redirector v6.3 and Apache

Well continuing my quest toward a Free Hotspot I’ve been playing with DNS Redirector a bit.  It’s an inexpensive utility to intercept the first querry that those who use laptops will see when they open up a web browser to surf.  I’ll probably install it tonight after hours on the deployed machine at The C Shop, however nothing is ever easy when learning new tricks. Essentially the program sits on a machine on your internal network and assuming that visitors to the Hotspot do not have DNS Servers already put in their TCP/IP settings you can have the wireless router hand out the internal IP address of a machine on your network to do DNS lookups for client machines.  It seems to work fairly well so far.  The proviso is that the...

Setting up the Linksys WAP54G in repeater mode

Well this one looked like it was going to be an easy operation, however the documentation was flawed.  I was attempting to expand the network at The C Shop since Patrick’s wireless router in his office didn’t cover the restaurant very well.  I went and looked at all of the router’s and access point’s at Northwest Computer Supply and based on a couple of factor’s decided on the Linksys WAP54G to use in repeater mode. The challenge with this particular Access Point is that the documentation is scarce in the box.  Actually other then the CD there really wasn’t much print documentation.  Running the Linksys set-up utility it seemed like it would be pretty easy to install, however the set-up utility didn’t...

Setting up a Free Hotspot

This is reposted from my original blog on icafe.com.  Well I’m relaunching iCafe.com based on the instalation of a Hotspot that I set-up at The C Shop in Birch Bay Washington.  I’ve wanted to set-up a Hotspot for a while.  A little background: In the early 90’s I purchased the domain iCafe.com for an online service Interactive Cafe which at the time was a mini AOL.  The ultimate remaining asset after running a web development company under the same name for about 5 years was a very cool domain name iCafe.com.  Since then I’ve started one dot com which I sold to a public company, and during the last 4 1/2 years I’ve started a successful multi city and state real estate team. Anyway talking with my old friend Pat...