Do I need a special package from my ISP to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot?

L Wilson March 13, 2013
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I have software that will manage the wireless hotspot. It says I need routers, antennaes etc, which need to be configured. I have a residential line with Telus and it only allows certain amounts of bandwidthon the line. This is new and I don’t expect to get a lot on people online at same time. But, if I do get a dedicated server, will this solve my questions about Telus and the “limited plan” I have?

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  1. Nitesh Badala
    March 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    no theres no requirement of isp permission to make wi-fi hot-spot.

  2. Sadman Hasan
    March 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I don't think you should do this with limited plan you have!!

  3. Lxs
    March 15, 2013 at 4:41 am

    For operational management, including provision of terms & conditions & monetization...

    FONERA the global wifi network
    http://www.fon.com/

    (Can be achieved also with Tomato router firmware http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato_(firmware))

  4. Donald Schultz
    March 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    If you're looking to set up a hotspot that anyone can connect to just leave your password blank on the wifi so people can connect.

  5. Mike
    March 14, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Any restriction from your service provider, be it bandwidth, monthly traffic or allowed end-clients (computers after the modem) can only be changed my switching package. If your contract doesn't specify that only a single client is allowed then you are fine setting up your own WiFi (hotspot). However, neither doing that nor adding a server will change the bandwidth or traffic limitations set by your provider.

    As for setting up the WiFi/Hotspot it primarily depends on what you actually want to achieve. If you just want a WiFi for your mobile devices (be it laptop, mobile phone, etc.) and for friends visiting all you have to do is buy a router or access point and set it up. If you want to setup a hotspot available to most people in your building you will need professional hardware that offers that coverage. You should also get permission from the facility management (just in case) and should look into proper firewall and content filtering. After all, you signed the internet contract and any misuse, violation or illegal activity will be addressed to you. If you want to setup a public hotspot where everyone can connect to (no password or anything) restricting access via filtering and firewall is a must. Also read up on the law as you are not allowed to actually monitor other peoples internet usage. You might want to use a captive portal too.

    As for your management software that's another topic. If you want to use it read up on the actual hardware it is compatible with and start planning (whatever of the above you want to achieve) based on that.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal

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