/!\ Antamedia Hotspot is Windows-based software for WiFi billing. Control time and bandwidth usage of wired and wireless laptops without any client software installations. Customers are redirected to login page before they get access to Internet. Software enables control and billing using captive portal technology and it's suitable for ISPs, Hotspots, Airports, Hotels, Internet and Cyber cafes. Editable Login pages, language module and costumer e-mail notification. Accept Credit Card payments. Supported over 50 payment gateways including PayPal, Authorize.Net, Verisign.

/!\ Captive Portal services that work with's free WIFI blocking software. myWIFIzone runs on any Win2K or XP computer or laptop connected to your wireless network. Site operators can set up a custom splash page and manage up to five user accounts, or offer a free zone where visitors acknowledge terms of usage before being granted access. Free while in beta test phase.

/!\ The PublicIp ZoneCD is a Hotspot-On-A-CD. The ZoneCD has been created to help implement safe, free, wifi hotspots. It's not just a CD.... Public IP is building a community dedicated to providing individuals with open source solutions for providing free wireless Internet. Public IP's solutions help all levels of WiFi providers, from experienced programmers to coffee house cashiers. Setting up a free WiFi Hotspot can be as easy as hooking up an access point, popping in a CD and rebooting.... - taken from the website.... Similar, in ways, to the Sputnik of old.

/!\ At the Wireless Lan Software Archive you could find most of the software linked on this page.

/!\ - This Linux program will transform any wifi-enabled pc into a "mesh-enabled" access point. What this means is that a small group of mini-pc's can be scattered across a neighborhood, and as long as one of them is connected to a high-speed connection, it will distribute the bandwidth to all of the "nodes" in the neighborhood.

/!\ Free WiFi Hotspot Software by A powerful software that enables you to create wireless hotspots using your wireless router or wifi card. With this free software you can create local wireless communities where bulletin board, chat, and forums available locally with or without Internet service; Share your broadband service, split your ISP bill, control shared bandwidth; And run your own free or commercial wireless hotspot network

/!\ The nodefactory used in Wireless Leiden. Find an installer for freesbsd in tags/*/install. Please read the doc's and licence at papers General (dutch) information is to be found at

/!\ - Windows DNS service for free or public hotspots. Allows target advertising, welcome message before surf, content blocking.

/!\ - Hotspot Software. Authentication and Billing integration.

/!\ - RADIUS Software and Billing integration.

/!\ - A hosted, pay-as-you-go and cost-effective backend management solution for small to medium-sized Wi-Fi operators


/!\ mwavelan2 - new linux driver that does active scanning for AP's (like the windows ver.)

Linux Drivers

Aironet specific Mailing List

OpenBSD Support (Via wi)

Print Drivers

Access Point Software Test

The Linux WLAN (wireless LAN) project has a lot of good information on wireless networking in general and Linux support in particular. They're increasingly focused on 802.11(b). (This site is hosted by the same people who make the "developers kit" cited above.)

SWAPPING ACCESS POINT (AP) FIRMWARE is possible as some units are rebadged versions of basic brands. You can find out more about buying lower-cost AP units and then swapping firmware to give those units more convenient or powerful functionality:

HOWTO: Linux/BSD Access points

COMPAQ (apparently) has a software based Access Point available for their WL-100 and WL-200 series cards (PrismII):

There is an excellent and FREE for personal use linux-based router software that is 802.11b compatible out of the Box and packs a lot of features that would help people creating their nodes : the Mikrotik Router. (Proceed with caution, from the Mikrotik webpage regarding the free license: "It does not have additional features (2.4GHz or 5.8GHz wireless, sync). For these fetures you may purchase the license on our web page.")

Boingo is a new Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) company that has been trying to add those running wireless networks to their list of wireless service providers who let Boingo's subscribers login. The benefit is rather one-sided to Boingo as it co-opts a metropolitan freenet's work. BT (United Kingdom) is doing something similar in rolling out hotspots; BT gives each host approx 20 to 30 percent of the profits from subscribers who use that node. More info in the news article at:

ACCESS POINT SNMP Utils - it's a set of utils to config and monitor Wireless Access Points under Linux.

Utility software

Is your WLAN secure? Check this tool. I suggest "-r" option.

BSD-Airtools (for NetBSD,OpenBSD,and FreeBSD)

BSD Airtools is a software package that contains dstumbler, airsnort, prism2ctl, and prism2dump dstumbler is a program with a curses interface that measures quality/strength of connections and scans for AP's. It can be used in conjunction with a GPS (similar to Netstumbler for Win32). Airsnort is a BSD port a the utility for retrieving WEP keys. Prism2ctl allows you to control the firmware of your prism2 card and put into debug/monitor mode, this will allow you to run Prism2Dump, a tcpdump like program for sniffing 802.11b frames.

Matt Peterson's review of Dstumbler:

Wireless Tools for Linux.

Kismet, an 802.11 network sniffer and discovery tool for linux/linux-ARM(Zaurus)/BSD/Cygwin(Win32)/MacOS X

Monitor the signal of your wavelan AP.

Monitor your wavelan link signal.

Monitor your aironet link with xload.

Monitor signal quality on your BSD or Linux box.

Text-mode Ncurses-based utility for monitoring signal, noise, SNR in Linux.

Monitor, store and graph wireless link details with RRDTool

Zebra routing manager supporting BGP4, RIP 1 and 2 and OSPF 2.

Discover networks near you.

Netstumbler-like software for MacOSX works with both internal AirPort cards and any pcmcia card that has drivers.

KisMAC -

MacStumbler -

iStumbler - Wireless Geographic Logging Engine

Access point reset scripts for DLink DWL900ap+, 900ap and DI-624+

SNMP & MIB utilities

mrtg The Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) is a tool to monitor the traffic load on network-links. In addition to traffic, you can monitor other info available thru SNMP MIBs. MRTG generates HTML pages containing graphical images which provide a LIVE visual representation of this traffic. MRTG is based on Perl and C and works under UNIX and Windows NT.

Home of snmpwalk Net-snmp, an open-source project providing a variety of SNMP software tools.

Info on the undocumented OrinocoRG1000 MIBs (get number of associated stations, etc..)

MIBs for RGs and other Karlnet-based devices

Operating Systems

Check out the MiniOs page for an outline of current mini operating systems that might be appropriate for use as a SeattleWireless Node.

Flying Linux is a project at KTH, Kista, to build a Linux distribution that installs over a wireless LAN and uses the IETF Mobile-IP to maintain connectivity when moving between WaveLAN cells.



RSPF is a routing protocol similar to OSPF but designed for wireless networks (particularly amateur radio systems). There is open source RSPF software.

Nokia's Rooftop Wireless Routing is the solution to all our problems... except that it's proprietary and commercial.


Kuro5hin ran an article discussing ad-hoc routing systems.

Ad-Hoc Wireless Networking is a popular academic research subject. Many universities and research labs are developing ad-hoc wireless routing systems that automatically route packets between mobile devices. Chase links from these starting points and you'll find dozens more...

Project Monarch at Carnegie-Mellon University has developed apparently usable routing systems for mobile wireless and wired devices to optimize network connectivity. Or something. It looks to support IPv4 and IPv6, and WaveLAN IEEE wireless cards. It's worth checking out, especially if you have a BSD-based system.

BBN's DAWN (Density- and Asymmetry-adaptive Wireless Network) is a DARPA-funded project to develop ad-hoc wireless networking software for military use. (Resistance to jamming is important for them, for example.) The software will be developed by the people Nokia bought (above).

MadHoc and AODV. "Ad-hoc On-demand Distance Vector routing protocol (AODV). It provides loop-free routes through the use of sequence numbers associated each route." Part of the MaNet effort.

Generally the MANET working group of the IETF is working on Ad-hoc routing.

MANET Protocols include:

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