Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hotspot software to administer your Wi-Fi


Introduction

Do you have a restaurant, Hotel, Pub or any other public area with Wi-Fi ?
Do you need to control the Wi-Fi access for your users?

Now it is possible to do it with Antamedia Hotspot Software.


After testing several different applications for Wi-Fi Hotspot, now I can say that Antamedia Hotspot Software is the best.

Why?

Here you have some of the main features:
  • Very easy to install
  • Easy to learn and configure
  • Great performance
  • Support for customer surveys
  • Few hardware requirements
  • Integrated with TripAdvisor and Yelp
  • You have different login options
  • Integrated with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and VK. 
  • Cool themes
  • Paypal support
  • Automatic marketing emails
  • Easy to configure internet plans per location
  • Can be integrated with Oracle Suite PMS 
  • Cloud integration (Ruktus, DDWRT, etc)


You can use this software to create a gateway to provide internet to other devices and it is very easy to control the time that it is used, the bandwidth, URLs allowed, etc.


Installation

This software provides thousands of options to administer the HotSpot service and it is very easy to install.

It takes just a couple of minutes or less to install it. It does not require an expensive Server to install it. You can for example install HotSpot in a Server with 2 GHz processor.
It supports almost any Microsoft Windows edition including 32 and 64 bits (Windows 2003, 2008 and 2012, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10).


  



Install this software is fast and very intuitive. It does not require to be an IT expert in networking to have this software ready.

Getting started

Once it is installed, you have 3 roles configured (Administrator, Operator and Manager).
After installed, you need to configure the software. With other HotSpot applications, it is really hard to configure the network. In many cases, I rejected the software solution because it was really hard to learn and understand.

This is not the case with HotsPot Software because the configuration is simple and it offers the autoconfigure which is extremely useful to non-experienced administrators.  With HotSpot Software, you can easily configure the most important settings in few minutes with few clicks.


 

  
I really loved not only all the settings available, but also, how you can easily configure all of them.
You can easily configure DHCP and exclude IPs, block the IP or block by MAC address. It includes Speed Boost that allows to increase or decrease the internet speed according to a schedule configured. For example, you can configure an IP to navigate from 8 to 12 AM or only at night or only on weekend or working days.

 
  
It is also possible to create invoices for the internet used. The customer does not require additional software to use this Hotspot service. You can login with a login and password or using a code provided by the service.
  
Another interesting feature was the option to configure the way that the customer connects to HotSpot software. There are several options starting from a login page. You have 12 options inside the login page like an alphanumerical ticket, a login and password, the hotel room number, customer email, the room number plus the phone number, etc.
It is also possible to provide free access, but with different options like a shared keyword, free access by just accepting the terms of use or even by using social network accounts.

 



It is also possible to change the theme of the home page for the customer according to defined rules. For example, according the Wi-Fi location or the name of the location according to the days and hours.
 

    
The user can get the user information by setting surveys and it also includes several templates for surveys or if you prefer, you can create your own customized surveys. The user can review the surveys using date filters, account filters, location filters and these surveys can be linked to TripAdvisor.
Another interesting feature is that you can create free accounts, paid accounts, pre-paid accounts, recharge credit to accounts already created and these accounts can be linked to different plans. For example, you can limit the internet speed, time, navigation quotes, expiration dates, etc.

  

You can easily administer the time navigating or set a quota to limit the GB to navigate or enable or disable users:


It is also possible to create usage reports:



     
Conclusion
It is really hard to explain all the features that Hotspot Softwawre de Antamedia includes. It may require a book for it. However, I am sure that this software accomplishes most of the common requirements for IT administrators because HotSpot is easy to install.

The software is flexible, it offers a great number of features and configurations to customize according to your needs. That is why I am sure that it is one of the best HotSpot options (if it is not the best).



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