hotEx iSpot Server

hotEx iSpot Server is an integrated RADIUS-server+Database+Billing_Software solution from Hotspot Express on LINUX platform.

This is mainly suitable to manage multiple hotspot locations of multiple-owners, wherein the hotspot server will usually be installed in a cloud-hosted-server (or alternatively it can also be installed in any PC/server with public static IP), and in each hotspot location, there will be a location-router. This location-router is usually linux based open source router with wired and WiFi ports. This location-router will be inserted in-between WAN and LAN networks in each hotspot location (alternatively, instead of location-router, any PC/server can also be simulated to work as a location router to manage very high Internet traffc). Individual location-owners will have different login areas, to create their own prepaid-plans and tickets. They can access only their plans. Individual location-owner can take report only for his locations.

Authentication flow diagram

When the user tries to access Internet, the captive portal built-in will sniff out the traffic triggered from unauthenticated users, and will insert the login page.

    The prelogin page will ask for the below based on the configuration.
  • chain of hotels -> username + password (of the prepaid Internet ticket)
  • chain of malls -> mobile number + OTP (sent through SMS)
  • chain of cafes -> mobile number + OTP (sent through SMS) + Access-Code
  • multiple airports -> mobile number + OTP (sent through SMS)
  • chain of clubs -> Pre-Registered Mobile Number + OTP (sent through SMS) etc.
  • The post-login page can be either inside the location-router OR the user can be forwarded to any external domain-name/website as configured.

Any number of prepaid-plans can be created such as 1-hour, 1-day, with specific bandwidth and data-limit. Any number of tickets can be created in each prepaid-plan. The tickets can be printed in standard A4-sheets and cut and given to the receptionist which can be issued for fee/free as per your business policy OR if integrated, the Internet bills/invoice can be directly posted to the hotel accounting software or any third party software.

The location-routers can be marked with any specific location-name, and be grouped accordingly. All users are allowed to login into any of such grouped locations.

Controlled-Access-List is available with white-list and black-listing for specific IP-Numbers and MAC-IDs. This allows the location-owners to have uninterrupted access but the location-employees be totally banned from Internet access or have only limited access per day.

For large networks:

Very large enterprise networks, employ hundreds of access points, usually connected to a wireless controller. In such cases, this controller can be directly integrated with the hotspot server. In this case, there is no need for location-router but the controller itself will handle the Internet traffic and login page, and the hotspot server will be used only during user authentication. Please consult us with the integration and userguide of the controller, for implementation.

Hosted Authentication & Billing Services Reduced Billing /Database functions at customer end saving money and time
Web based Interface No configuration change on the Client laptop; Truly plug & play
LINUX Kernel for AAA functions Extremely reliable services
Simple Pre-Paid Model Easy to Manage
Tariff plans based on Time or Volume or Speed Controlled usage of the broadband to all users. Ease of managing business
Business Administrator Being a Business Administrator, customer has absolute control over Tariff Plans including complementary services
URL redirection Better visibility of your product and services
Hosted Authentication & Billing Services Reduced Billing /Database functions at customer end saving money and time
Media Independence Ideally suited for managing both wired and wireless networks
Captive Portal Every single packet being sent/received is captured resulting in better management of users/resources
Walled Garden Redirection to specific Websites/Messages/Promotions
Walled Garden Redirection to specific Websites/Messages/Promotions
Inactive Timer The precious bandwidth is optimally utilized
Automatic FTP Backup Improves reliability and ensures quick restoration for any reason.