Free, Time-Limited Wi-Fi followed by Paid Wi-Fi Access
How to use guest and PayPal authentication systems to offer users a free, time-limited online "test drive", followed by paid Wi-Fi access.
Navigate to the guest authentication system overview.
Name your new guest authentication system.
Configure guest authentication settings.
- Leave "Allow DHCP login?" and "Require an Access Code?" unchecked. This will force the user to click a login button on a captive portal page to get internet access, but will not require that they enter a code.
- Select a "Guest Expiration Interval" to set a time limit for free Wi-Fi access.
- Select "Guest Blackout Period" to set an amount of time during which users will be prevented from logging in again (using this guest authentication system) after their initial session expires (based on client MAC address).
- Check "Display Greeting?" to show a greeting on the captive portal's login form.
- Enter text or HTML into the "Greeting Text " field. This text is show above the login field/button.
- Enter text or HTML into the "Proceed Prompt" field. This text is shown to the left of the login button.
- Enter text into the "Proceed Label" field. This will appear in the login button. You have complete control over the appearance of the login button. See the online documentation chapter titled "Advanced Captive Portal Techniques" for more information.
Click "Update Configuration" to apply your new settings.
Add a new paid authentication system.
Here' we'll add a PayPal authentication system (for both PayPal and credit card accounts). You could just as easily use WorldPay, prepaid, guest or any other authentication system. Click on "PayPal" under the Authentication menu, then click the "Add New Authentication System" button to do just that.
Name your new paid authentication system.
Apply the guest authentication system to a captive portal.
Apply the paid authentication system to the captive portal.
Apply the captive portal to a Sputnik-powered device, and test click-through authentication.
Apply your captive portal to one or more Sputnik-powered devices ("routers"). Test your click-through authentication system by logging on as a user. After 15 minutes, your session will terminate, and you'll return to the captive portal page. In this example, we set the "Guest Blackout Period" to one day, so you won't be able to re-log in using click-through authentication for 24 hours.
Test paid authentication.
Select the paid authentication option and buy time, just as a user would. Then log in to test your paid authentication system. For more information about paid Wi-Fi access, see the various chapters in online documentation section titled "Charging for Wi-Fi Access with SputnikNet".