New to FreeRADIUS and looking for answers...

Scott Holland hollstar2047 at
Sun Aug 27 01:49:52 CEST 2006

Hi Alan,

Many thanks for your comments. I understand RADIUS is only part of the 
solution to my problem and I would need to also put in place a proxy to 
control the level of access people get but thus far, its been a long and 
hard road.

Is it even worth my while to get this RADIUS book or is it just too far out 
of date?

And is your book going to be free, or will it be a paid E-Book?



>From: "Alan DeKok" <aland at>
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>Subject: Re: New to FreeRADIUS and looking for answers... Date: Sat, 26 Aug 
>2006 12:15:35 -0400
>"Scott Holland" <hollstar2047 at> wrote:
> > In short, I need to better monitor what users are doing and restrict the
> > level of access they have such as what websites they can visit and so 
>on. In
> > part, I feel FreeRADIUS can help.
>   Unfortunately, probably not.  RADIUS is about obtaining network
>access, not about controlling users once they have network access.
>   You might be able to send filter rules to the access points, which
>do IP layer filtering.  e.g. blocking outbound port 80, or forcing it
>to go through a proxy.  Even with that, you'll have to consult the NAS
>documentation to see if it's possible, and how to do it.
>   As for blocking web sites, you'll have to install a web proxy, and
>do the blocking there.  RADIUS just isn't the solution to that
>problem, but it can help.  Maybe.  You may be better off just adding
>hard-coded rules with AP's that force outbound port 80 to go through a
>web proxy.  You may not even need RADIUS at all.
> > While I'd love someone to spend the time to help, I don't expect it! 
>What I
> > would like, is someone to help me by pointing me in the right direction! 
> > have been looking at the book RADIUS, which is currently very hard to 
> > here in Australia. So hard, I'd have to get it from the US and wait 
> > eight weeks as the publisher is yet to reprint a book first written back 
> > 2002...
>   It didn't sell well.  But I'm in the process of writing a book,
>which should be available before Christmas.
>   Alan DeKok.
>       - The web site of the book
> - The blog
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