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Safely Sharing Your Wireless Internet With CoovaAP, Part II - page 2

Customizing Your Portal Pages

  • March 23, 2009
  • By Eric Geier

Coova also offers free access to their CoovaAAA service, basically a shared RADIUS server. There are a few different ways you use the service. We're going to be using CoovaAP with the internal hotspot and portal while also taking advantage of CoovaAAA. This way we can easily modify the portal content while better controlling and monitoring the access.

Overall, CoovaAAA has the following advantages:

  • Centralized management, session logs, and monitoring alerts.

  • Access code functionality to hand out varying types of access.

  • Easier bandwidth control with per user/realm capabilities.

  • MAC address authentication, so users don't have to keep logging in.

We'll discuss these features further when setting everything up.

Configuring CoovaAP to use CoovaAAA

First, log into the CoovaAP web interface with it's IP address, which is by default. Click the Hotspot tab and select the RADIUS sub-tab (see Figure 2). Then input the RADIUS Server IP address and Shared Secret. These pieces of information are shown on the Home tab when logged into the CoovaAAA site. To connect your CoovaAP with your CoovaAAA account, log into the hotspot with your CoovaAAA username and password.

Remember, if you want to use the embedded portal of CoovaAP, make sure its enabled on the Hotspot/Configuration tab.


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