Load Balancing and Fault Tolerance of the Internet Connections Introduction In the hotspots, that is in public places where Internet access is given to occasional users, at least some of the following features are required: Authentication of the users Logging of the accesses to the network; Accounting for traffic, time and cost of the user connections. The authentication, that is the ability to uniquely identify the user and then grant access to the network, it can be done via username and password or through a X. The access log is sometimes required by law, because it allows us to trace the perpetrators of illicit activities. Mind you that logging does not include registration of URLs or worse content that the user had access, but simply record the date and time of start and end of each of the connections to the Internet of the user and the IP address associated with the client usually a laptop from where the connection took place. The accounting, however, in addition to tracking the beginning and end of the connection, record the time and traffic for connection of a user.
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