Linksys WRT54G with WPA: guest access?

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Suppose someone comes to visit and brings a notebook computer with wireless
capability. Is there any method of enabling my visitor to gain temporary
wireless access with providing my WPA password?



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What's the issue with providing your WPA phrase and then changing it
afterwards?


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I suppose that's what I could do. Alternatively, I have seen routers (don't
recall which brand or model) that say you can set up a 'hot spot'. I could
buy one of those if it becomes sufficiently important.



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Z Man wrote:

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There is not currently a way to do that. The dd-wrt drivers in version
24 may include a capability to set up multiple virtual wireless lans,
where one wireless lan would be your internal lan protected by WPA,
etc., while another wireless lan could be open, but isolated from your LAN.

Absent something like that, you will need to give your visitor your
shared key (and change it after the visitor leaves).

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Interesting idea, different 'nets' within the router. Now that I think
about it, I'm surprised it hasn't already been done. (note this is not an
attack on the developers, just surprised it wasn't higher on the to-do
list)

fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.

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What about typing it in for them?  Assuming they are using the Windows
manager, they can't see the passphrase.  [Dunno if it's easy to dig
the passphrase out of (say) the registry, but most folks won't know
how to do that.]

OTOH, if you want them to stop having access when they leave, you'll
have to change the password anyway...

Alternate firmwares can apparently do some of that, but how about just
setting up another router for guest use?  They are pretty cheap...

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I agree with the others.  The easiest way would be to just disclose
the WPA pass phrase and change it later.

However, if you really want to control access the right way, you can
setup WPA-RADIUS with an external RADIUS server for authentication.
This would contain a list of user names, passwords, and settings for
each user.  You can turn them on and off at will by simply editing the
database.  One of the side benifits is that you no long have to
inscribe a long and hideous WPA pass phrase as the RADIUS server
issues those on the fly.

It is also possible to authenticate over the internet with a RADIUS
server provided by an ISP or vendor.  For example, Linksys Wireless
Guard for $5/month:
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http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=c%3DL_Product_C1%26cid%3D1115416825291&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper

If your WRT54G is running anything except the stock Linksys firmware,
then you can install a small RADIUS server in the router.
|  http://www.tinypeap.com
I suggest dd-wrt firmware:
|  http://www.dd-wrt.com

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You can also look at www.radiuz.net.  They provide a free external
RADIUS service and I use it in my own wireless setup.  Fairly easy to
configure too...


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