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How to make a HotSpot gateway

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The MikroTik HotSpot Gateway enables providing of public network access for clients using wireless or wired network connections. HotSpot Gateway should have at least two network interfaces:

1. HotSpot interface, which is used to connect HotSpot clients

2. LAN/WAN interface, which is used to access network resources.

The following picture shows wireless HotSpot setup

Hotspot1.jpg

To setup simple HotSpot Gateway follow the steps below:

1. Configure wireless interface on HotSpot Gateway:

[admin@HotSpot_Gateway]> interface wireless set wlan1 ssid=HotSpot band=2.4ghz-b \
\... mode=ap-bridge 

2. Configure ip address for HotSpot interface:

[admin@HotSpot_Gateway] > ip add add address=192.168.0.1/24 interface=wlan1

3. Configure ip address for WAN/LAN interface:

[admin@HotSpot_Gateway] > ip add add address=10.5.8.250/24 interface=ether1

4. Add a route on HotSpot Gateway

[admin@HotSpot_Gateway] > ip route add gateway=10.5.8.1

5. Configure Hotspot on wlan1 interface and add user admin with pasword test

[admin@MikroTik] > ip hotspot setup
hotspot interface: wlan1
local address of network: 192.168.0.1/24
masquerade network: yes
address pool of network: 192.168.0.2-192.168.0.254
select certificate: none
ip address of smtp server: 0.0.0.0
dns servers: 10.5.8.2
dns name: hs.example.net
name of local hotspot user: admin
password for the user: test

In order to access network resources HotSpot clients have to configure their wireless interfaces setting proper ssid, band and mode, and enabling dynamic host configuration (dhcp) on the wireless interface.