sharing internet, wireless with transparent proxy(?)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mykuki, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. mykuki macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2002

    a few days ago i started thinking about sharing my DSL internet with maybe some neighbours or bypassers. i have an extreme basestation and a powerbook.

    sharing via the AE basestation is no problem of course, but what i am thinking of now is a bit more ambitious and complicated:

    you know those public commercial WLAN hotspots where you can access the network but only see one webpage until you enter a code or something to enable web-access?

    this is partly what i am thinking of. except for the code and necessity to pay for it.

    just a webpage that loads automatically (from a dedicated old G3 running panther) when someone is using my WLAN and requests a webpage for the first time.

    maybe you know some dial-up ISPs that do so and thus always redirect your starting page to their own homepage. ([isp] is doing so here in germany)

    all i know by now is that this can be done by setting up a transparent proxy server. and of course that this should be doable with panther and some knowlege about this stuff.
    my knowledge stops here :-(

    does anyone of you know of a similar project?
    are there any tools for that out there? or tutorials?
    a place to start searching on the web? google didn't do it :-(

    this would also be nice for places without wireless internet access when you have your powerbook with you. you could create an airport network, enable your built-in apache, and everyone else that comes and logs in could (at least) browse your personal homepage. they could even leave a message in your guestbook or stuff like that.

    (i know WE have rendezvous, but thats not the same)

    any hints are very much appreciated.

    greetings from berlin,
  2. encro macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2002
    I'm not fully up on this either but I have been hunting around for this kind of thing before :)

    Squid Web Proxy Cache

    ...and for selling airtime on your wireless connection:
    LinSpot (LinSpot uses Squid as part of it's solution.)
  3. mykuki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2002
    yes, you can set up squid to redirect all incoming http request as far as i can understand.

    the problem left is to only redirect the first request.

    i'm afraid that this would take an extra application :confused:

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