HotSpot Software Features
Windows software with user-friendly interface. You do not need any proprietary hardware therefore you can use any standard PC with two network cards for creating HotSpot billing gateway.
Zero Client Administration
Here one does not require client software installation since Web-based login is provided. Our software secures your hotspot forcing all your customers to login screen. Any operating system and any Internet browser can be used on every customer computer (for example: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Konqueror).
This feature helps you in creating prepaid user accounts with username and password.
User accounts can be configured in many ways:
- time limited, when a session ends your customer need to buy additional time
- time unlimited, can be used to enable only bandwidth limits
- limited login to specified access hours
- defined daily usage limits … and plenty of other features
Bandwidth Limit Control (Traffic Shaping Management)
Bandwidth limit is configured in Kb/s for each of your users accounts separately representing in this way the speed of customer connection to the Internet. This allows selling high bandwidth accounts for additional fee or save more bandwidth for your VIP customers. Example: set 10 KB/s for regular accounts and 100 KB/s for special accounts.
Bandwidth Quota Control (Traffic Quota Management)
Bandwidth quota is configured in Mbytes for every account and represents the total amount of traffic available to any of customers. Example: Your customer can download 10 MB in one hour. If a customer uses bandwidth quota and still has some time left, additional bandwidth can be ordered in this case.
Accept Credit Cards
Payment process is completely automated and a customer is able to choose his or her username, password and a pricing plan (for example: 1 Hour Internet time or one month unlimited access). You will not need staff to sell your tickets in this way. A single easy-to-use setup interface enables this transaction processing with any Major Internet Payment Gateway including PayPal (which means that your customer will not need PayPal account).
Customize pages displayed in customer browser
Each of the pages can be customized to fit your corporate layout. You can put your company logo, change colors etc. This makes your customer computers, easier to manage, but also more `decorated` and their desktops arranged.
Different login pages for specific IP or MAC
You can also create different login pages for different segments of the network. For example, wifi users who are connected to one access point will see one login page and the users connected to the second access point will see different login page.
For outgoing traffic you can specify IP and port blocking rules. For example: disable IP addresses 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 and port range 10-100. This will prevent access to mail, ftp, web servers in a specified IP range. This feature can be used to limit only specific services, like limit ftp or email usage simply by blocking these ports and setting range to large segment.
This great feature enables sending E-mails from any of email client softwares without changing smtp server. The traffic from port 25 is redirected to your own E-mail server. This option solves a problem when a customer ISP requires connecting to their own line in order to send E-mails.
URL Tracking and Filtering
URL log contains website addresses that your customers visit along with their username, IP, MAC, date and time. URL Filtering helps you blocking the access to web sites that contain specified keywords put or found in URL addresses. This way you keep your business safe and prevent from porn sites, warez etc.
Enable specified computers (identified by MAC address of network card) to pass-through the HotSpot gateway without authentification. For example: allow some of your computers from your cafe to pass login page if these computers already use Internet Cafe management software. Other computers, like WiFi Laptops will still be redirected for login.
Web Site Whitelist
Your customer can browse specified web sites without authentification. You can set up company web site or a web site with advertisements which will be free for all your customers. If any customer wants to find out more, login will be here required.
Check out your earnings for a specified time period, your computer or even an employee. Export all your data in a form of pdf, html, csv or text report. You can manage your whole your database by using many filters: date, action, username, computer IP or MAC address.
HotSpot helps you storing different actions performed by your employees or the customers of your Cafe, including sales, session start and stop, time of login attempts etc. Database is here encoded and fully protected from any unauthorized modifications.
Create Prepaid Tickets
Using this feature makes you able in creating user accounts in advance and printing them as tickets. You can sell this sort of tickets on counters, receptions, using vending machine etc.
Charge Additional Time
When a customer runs out of time, extra minutes or hours, this all can be added to the already existing account.
Charge Additional Bandwidth
The same thing applies for bandwidth matter. Additional MBytes are here specified in blocks like 1 MB cost $1.00, 5 MB cost $3.00 etc.
We offer here one very flexible tax system that will easily fit in any country tax regulation system. There are three different taxes with tax on tax option.
You can configure receipts to show you’re the logo of your company, hotspot name, header and footer. IF you want you can optionally print date and time on any receipt.
Every of your employees has his own account (username and password) used for HotSpot login. The activity of employee is also logged with the time and type of the action performed.
Info Box is actually a popup browser window used for showing the time remaining on the user account and left bandwidth quota.
Multiple Location Support
You can use the same database if you connect all your hotspots in one network. Following this, your customers will be able to use their remaining time in any of the hotspot locations. For example, large resort can provide UTP connection in every room and install several access points in restaurants, lobbies, by the pools etc.