Hotspot Gateway WiFi

 

 

 


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About Hotspot Gateways

A hotspot gateway is a device that provides authentication, authorisation and accounting for a wired or wireless network. Typically they are used to control access to the Internet on a public wireless network; usually this would be in order to charge for the service or restrict access to certain users e.g. via a wireless hotspot on a holiday park. A hotspot gateway can also be used for guest (free of charge) user connectivity by offering instant Internet access without the need for configuration changes to the network setup of the client computer or any resident client-side software.

Typical Hotspot Scenario

Scenario

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  • In practise the hotpsot controller is a supplementary router that sits between your local network and your broadband connection controlling all user traffic to the internet.
  • Most of the smaller controllers also include on-board wireless interface which can be used for local users; these users are also managed by the controller.
  • The smaller controllers have the option to interface to a POS ticket printer which can be used to print tickets for on-demand users.
  • They can automatically generate user accounts both for fee-based or free broadband access.
  • They also typically include powerful, supplementary firewalls for increased network security.

Once your controller is configured then it can automatically provide access authentication using a simple username and password control. These users can either be by a built-in, prepaired user-base or they can be created on demand. Most of the hotspots even support instant payment type services using, for example PayPal. With instant payment the hotspot will automatically interface with PayPal user charging - ideal if you want to run an unattended charging service.

From the end users point of view, all they see is a simple logon popup box when they first attempt to connect to the internet. At this stage they can enter the username and password you've created for them or, if using instant payment, they can simply goto the charge site (e.g. PayPal) and pay for their connection.

 

Technical Specification WAS-K3
WAS-R2
WAS-R4
WAS-R6
WAS-R10
WAS-R20
WAS-R40
WAS-R80
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Format Desktop Desktop Desktop Desktop Desktop Rack Rack Rack
Rack-mountable (1U) No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Wireless Yes No No No No No No No
Ticket Printer Option

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Yes:

WAS-TP1

Network Interfaces (Mbps) 10/100 10/100 10/100 10/100 10/100 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100/1000
WAN Ports 1 1 1 1 2 (or 1) * 2 (or 1) * 4 4
LAN Ports 4 4 4 1 1 (or 2) * 2 (or 3) * 2 4
Load Balancing & WAN Failover No No No No Yes (Dual) Yes (Dual) Yes (Quad) Yes (Quad)
Dual WAN Load balance/Failover No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quad WAN Load balance/Failover No No No No No No Yes Yes
Maximum Throughput**** 50 Mb/s 60Mb/s 75Mb/s 100Mb/s

100 Mb/s

200 Mb/s

300 Mb/s + 400 Mb/s +
Max Concurrent Users
(Recommended)
25 30 50 100 100 *** *** ***

Max no. of User Codes

1000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
User Limiting Policies

Time

(Elapsed/

logged-in)

 

Data Volume

 

Bandwidth

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logged-in)

 

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logged-in)

 

Data Volume

 

Bandwidth

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logged-in)

 

Data Volume

 

Bandwidth

Time

(Elapsed/

logged-in)

 

Data Volume

 

Bandwidth

Time

(Elapsed/

logged-in)

 

Data Volume

 

Bandwidth

Time

(Elapsed/

logged-in)

 

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Bandwidth

Time

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logged-in)

 

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Bandwidth

Usage Reporting Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file. Yes ** + Downloadable as a CSV file.
User Data Harvesting

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Archive via

email †

Customisible Login & Authentication Pages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Facebook Login Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Website Filtering

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

Yes:

Open DNS

PayPal & Credit Card Billing No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Firewall No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

* - Ports configurable within the device settings page.

** - Available to view by logging in on the admin page.

*** - There are no limits on the number of users but capability is dependent on type and quantity of user traffic and gateway options

**** - Throughput is dependent on network infrastructure and gateway options

† - The input email is not verified, user details are sent to a specified email address.

 

Digital Economy Act 2010 - at Ofcom

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