DD-WRT hotspot setup procedure
DD-WRT uses an old version of chillispot, the hotspot software. If you want to use paypal payment, you can't use DD-WRT, as chillispot had a bug making the use of paypal unreliable.
You should consider using the new WorldSpot firmware.
First, you need an internet connection. There is no restriction about the kind of internet connection, but you must have an ethernet plug to connect..
If you don't have a compatible router, be careful when choosing a compatible model. The most known model is the linksys WRT54GL (the L (Linux) is very important). It is not the best but it is cheap and widespread.
Flashing DD-WRT into your router is an easy task. However, please note that incorrect flashing procedure can brick your router and might void its warranty.
WorldSpot.net cannot be held responsible to whatever occurs to your router.
First you have to make sure that your router is supported and has at least 4mb of flash.
IMPORTANT: Supported routers with 2Mb flashes can't actually run chillispot, and can't be used for a hotspot.
Make sure you read the precautions for flashing.
Download DD-WRT V23SP2 here (DD-WRT V24 may work as well, but there are some reported problems)
Then you must follow the procedure that correspond to your router in the DD-WRT installation page.
If you have questions about flashing you can ask for help in the forum.
Once your router is flashed:
All your computers connected on the LAN ports will be protected from your hotspot users.
Note: Theses instructions should also work with DD-WRT v24beta. This new release brings a new very cool feature.
The multiple SSID allows to have several virtual wifi networks. One unencrypted for your hotspot users, one encrypted for your private use, (maybe one more encrypted also for your hotspot users... this will be tested in the future). Note that v24 is still beta and not yet released!