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Discussion in 'Geeks and Gadgets' started by tek-monkey, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I've been to a few places that require you to check in to Facebook to use their wireless, yet never actually seen how to set this up. I thought this could be good for my OHs shop, it's an old building so phone signals aren't great and it would give her an advertising boost.

    Facebook mention certain routers, but googling them most apply to North America only. Anyone ever set up such a thing?
     
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  3. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    I can get my photo booth to require a Facebook like in order to post to a profile. Guess where the software is written? I guess it's an American thing!!

    I've not come across this on routers yet myself though. I suspect it could be done via a typical forced browsing page. Most public hotspot routers allow you to set a forced browsing page that opens in your browser regardless of what address you type in until an action - or rule - is performed. For example, you might be able to do a hidden blank page on her website with a simple Facebook "like" button. The rule could be set to then forward them to google.co.uk once the like is performed.

    I suspect this is the kind of methodology used, but I've no experience of it and don't know what public hotspot routers would enable this. The only public wifi I have set up is the Gym on Newport Road which is a simple log in page where you are requested to enter a password given by reception. Even this could then be redirected to a hidden "Like" page, but then it couldn't be enforced, only politely requested. As long as the password is entered they could manually browse to any website they wanted.

    Good luck in finding a solution, and if you do please let me know. :)
    An alternative (and usually far cheaper) way of spreading likes is a simple competition with a small prize for the winner that is drawn. This got my hot tub hire page almost 300 likes within a couple of weeks. I'm currently deciding what I could offer as a prize for my photo booth page.
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Hi Tek-monkey i think the one i posted above your post would do what you need and it is sold in the UK
     
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    Cheers mate, that does indeed look like it could do it. Going to do a little more research as that says sign in with facebook not necessarily check in (say where they are) but nice to see a product that looks promising. I did notice most of the reviews are from amazon.com but if they sell it on the .co.uk it should be alright :)
     
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    Looking into this again. Found 2 very cheap routers that support openWRT:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300Mbps-W...576550?hash=item2a63b73166:g:rYgAAOSwMORW71xX

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OpenWRT-3...975753?hash=item2eed6f1549:g:TeEAAOSwHgVW8UNF

    And a provider that offers free management if under 500 logins per month:

    http://www.hotspotsystem.com/

    I don't have an openWRT router to test on at present, nor a dd-WRT one (as they are also supported), but will try and obtain one and have a test. I never did get around to getting the cisco one, really must apply for the webinar.
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Finally signed up for the free cisco meraki AP to test their version (which I know will be a lot slicker). Got 2 DIR-615s to play with now as well (so one DD-WRT and one open-WRT all going well) and I also have a hAP Lite running routerOS to try too. Need to get my geek on!
     
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    Pardon?
     
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    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Facebook Must Die
     
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    I got hacked on Facebook so I no longer use it.
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Shiny new wireless box, makes people say they were at your shop on facebook before they use wifi, got it free.
     
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    I'll take your word for it.
    From a technophobe.
     
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    I ditched it after an extremely short time, I don't know how people find the time, the forum and Twitter is all I use and that is restricted to early morning prior work and sometimes half hour or so after work unless on holiday.
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Some people seem to use it as a substitute life, spend all day on it and consider themselves busy. A bit like the humans in Wall-e.
     
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    Some of my friends and family are forever checking it out every hour of the day which I think is ridiculus and time wasting.
     
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    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    Yes
    You really should not be on Facebook all the time
    Not when there's Twitter
    And Instagram
    And Reddit
    And LinkedIn
    And oovoo
    And melonplops
    And Tonkleberr

    To keep updating
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Well the new access point arrived today, its one of these:

    https://meraki.cisco.com/products/wireless/mr18

    Got it through work, we're looking at installing at 2 premises so I get to use at my OHs shop as a test bed (need some live data to show a client, our office is not sufficient as too little footfall). Currently looking through the cloud interface and I have to say I'm extremely impressed so far, so much so that if it fulfills what it promises I'll be abandoning the other routes as far as her premises go (but may still try to get it working, just because I've not had a pet project for a while).

    If anyone is interested in that sort of thing I'll post my findings when I've had a proper go at it. I may share it even if you aren't :p
     
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    Seems to work OK, will try to deploy tomorrow. Odd issue where some devices work regardless but suspect it's allowing https.
     

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