The wishlist is the IPFire crowd funding platform where you can donate to accelerate the development of your favorite features.

It's easy! Just pick the wish you would to see implemented in the future. Hit the donate button and donate the amount of money this feature is worth for you. After that tell your friends and collegues about it and encourage them to promote your favourite wish as well.

The IPFire Captive Portal


The IPFire project is now running a crowd-funding campaign to build and maintain a new kind of captive portal built on top of the IPFire firewall system.

A captive portal is perfect to be used in any cafe, pub, hotel, school or anywhere else where a wireless network for guests requires one extra step
before the users are permitted to use the Internet.

The IPFire Captive Portal will offer that in two simple ways by redirecting the user to a login page. On there one of the following options is available depending on configuration.

Licence Agreement

The user will have to agree to a licence agreement that is shown on the web site. For that, one click allows using the Internet for up to a configured amount of time.

This is currently sufficient for professionals in Germany to allow guests to use the corporate network and be not held liable (Storerhaftung)1.

Using the IPFire Captive Portal in a cafe or company will allow you to give guest Internet access without any hassle and of course occording to the law in many countries.

Vouchers

It is possible to issue vouchers that can be handed out to users so that only people who have a voucher can use the network. These vouchers can be issues for a limited time and only permit using the network for a limited time, too.

This makes the IPFire Captive Portal great to be used in a hotel or where access should still be restricted to known guests only.

These two simple ways of authentication can be freely customised so that the IPFire Captive Portal fits virtually anywhere.

Features

  • Turns the BLUE or GREEN network zone into a secured guest network
  • Users will be redirected to a splash page where they need to agree to terms & conditions or need to input a voucher code.
  • Access can be given for only a few hours or indefinitely
    • Indefinite access is great for places with returning customers like cafes, pubs, etc. without the need to require guests to agree to the terms & conditions again.
User Frontend (Splash Page)
  • Customisable splash page with own title and logo (see examples below) so that customers will recognise that they are surfing with you
  • Enter your company’s terms & conditions
  • Optimised for display on desktop computers and mobile devices
Administration Page
  • View a list of clients that are currently authorised to use the network
  • Access for certain clients can be revoked on the admin page at any time
  • Create new voucher codes with indiviual usage duration and expiration time

Demo of the splash page


1 Please note that we can not give you legal advise. We are just giving you this information as a guidance. Please consult your own lawyer to check if your own installation holds up to the legal requirements in your own country.


RAID support for high-availability


With this wish we would like to fund working on supporting software-based RAID for IPFire.

IPFire is widely used in the professional area. Enterprises rely on the great software but sometimes forget that reliable hardware is required, too. Harddisks are one of the most likely components to fail which then results in a huge downtime until the system has been reinstalled and was set up again. This could cause huge costs because of idle employees.

To overcome this problem we would like to implement RAID support for IPFire right in the installer of the system. This will enable everyone to install IPFire on a RAID-1 setup with two harddisks or SSDs. We are going to use software RAIDs for this purpose because of various issues with hardware RAID controllers. Those are fragile and if they break they require owning an identical second one to backup data from the disks. With the software-based approach, you will be able to use any Linux system to mount the disks again and recover any data if required. They are also usally much faster with modern hardware and of course save you a lot of money because they do not require any additional hardware. Hardware RAID controllers are usually very expensive.

We are also planning on having good monitoring in case if any device fails. The administrator of the system will then see an alert notification that a disk has failed and needs replacement.

Please help us funding this wish. The new functionality will help IPFire to become even more suitable for use in companies where high availability is an important requirement. This is a great solution which works for everyone and will additionally boost the disk performance and saves you buying an expensive hardware RAID controller.



Do you think we are missing a great feature that could be funded by the community? Write us an email about it to:
wishlist@ipfire.org
Already closed fundings are to be found over here.