Some Frequently Asked Questions about NoCatAuth
What is NoCatAuth Software?
NoCatAuth is a Captive Portal solution for restricting access to networks.
- What would I use it for?
- Primarily to control access to your personal Wi-Fi wireless network. If you are going to share your Internet connection with the public, you can direct a new user's web browser to a 'greeting' web page, letting them know who's wireless network they are using, have them agree to terms, and have some control over usage. - [Qubez]
- Where can I download it from?
Take a look at http://nocat.net
- What kind of hardware do I need?
- It'll run on 486/33 with 32MB, but you might have an easier time with an early Pentium (just because they use modern PCI cards, won't have bad realtime clocks, etc). For networking you will also need an EXTERNAL interface (most likely an ethernet card connected to your high-speed Internet connection) and an INTERNAL interface (a wireless card or ethernet connected to your wireless access point)
- What OS is it based on? How do I install?
Linux 2.4.x with iptables is the current requirement listed in the INSTALL file. For detailed instructions I'd recommend downloading the latest version of NoCatAuth from http://nocat.net/download/NoCatAuth/ You can expand it with tar or WinRAR, and the INSTALL document in the main directory will get you started. Or Click here on NoCatAuthInstallationGuide to see the INSTALL file. - [Qubez]
- How do I connect to it?
As a user on a network protected by NoCatAuth, simply try to browse the web as usual, and you will be redirected to a special web page with instructions.
- What's the simplest setup?
NoCatAuth's "Open" mode, which means there is no authentication server or user database. Users simply click "Agree" after viewing the Node Splash Pages.
- Okay, so I want to read more about what I can do...
Check out the AuthIntro
Further instructive links are also at NoCatAuthFaq