HELP Users on Captive Portal use their smartphones as mobile hotspot



  • Hi I've been using pfsense for almost 3 years now for providing internet access for my neighbors thru captive portal,
    My problem is they start using their phones as mobile hotspot, is their anyway on how to block it? it cause signal interference on my 2.4ghz WIfi AP and of course my business :)


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    @Rapboy2019 nope

    the only technical way would be to disrupt cellular network, making internet through mobile phone very slow or unusable in your area

    (of course, doing so is quite illegal in most countries, because it is considered to be an attack on the mobile network)

    best way to solve the issue : use a 5ghz wifi ?



  • @free4 said in HELP Users on Captive Portal use their smartphones as mobile hotspot:

    @Rapboy2019 nope

    the only technical way would be to disrupt cellular network, making internet through mobile phone very slow or unusable in your area

    (of course, doing so is quite illegal in most countries, because it is considered to be an attack on the mobile network)

    best way to solve the issue : use a 5ghz wifi ?

    No sir what I mean is they buy vouchers from me let say they buy vouchers valid for 24hours, and then they'll put it on their phone, and they activate that phone as a hotspot so anyone can now connect on it
    sorry for the bad English I hope you understand



  • @Rapboy2019 : as you might know, you can"t 'see' the MAC or IP addresses of the devices connected to the device that shares the connection to your pfSense. This devices acts as a router.
    So, there is nothing you can do .... except stop selling vouchers to the suspected devices / owners.



  • I'm new to pfsense but, can't you limit the bandwidth by voucher or put some download limit ?
    and use 5ghz antenas.


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