Types of Authentication Systems
Authentication systems enable users to log into your SputnikNet network. Here's an overview of the types of authentication systems SputnikNet currently offers. For more details on each authentication system, refer to associated documentation.
Types of Authentication Systems
SputnikNet currently includes the following types of authentication systems:
If you have a lot of authentication systems, you can limit the display to a specific authentication system type by selecting it from the Type menu.
You can apply one or more authentication systems to your captive portals, and then apply captive portals to one or more routers. When users associate with those routers, they are blocked by the assigned captive portal and given the opportunity to log onto the network via whichever authentication systems are present.
Device authentication: allow devices to bypass the captive portal and log in via MAC address.
Using the device authentication system you can add as many device MACs as you want. Then apply the device authentication system to captive portals or routers, and those devices will authenticate automatically, bypassing any captive portal. This is ideal for employee devices so they don't have to log in via captive portal. It's also great for devices that don't have web browsers, such as printers, security cameras, VoIP phones, NAS devices, etc. More documentation is available here.
Guest authentication: click-through login with or without a shared code.
Using guest authentication you can eliminate the captive portals for all users (while still authenticating, tracking and limiting their Wi-Fi sessions). Or you can allow users to log in with a simple click, with or without terms of service. Or you can generate codes, for example a "code of the day", that users can login with. More documentation is available here.
PayPal authentication: charge customers' credit cards or PayPal accounts for paid Wi-Fi access.
Using the PayPal authentication system you can link your SputnikNet account to your PayPal merchant account, for behind-the-scenes credit card or PayPal payment processing. You set pricing and time or bandwidth limits. Sputnik never takes a cut of your payment transactions. More documentation is available here.
Prepaid authentication: create prepaid codes for Wi-Fi login.
With prepaid authentication you can generate or upload prepaid cards with time and/or bandwidth limits. Then you can sell them outright or provide them to your customers, for example, when they make a purchase at your venue. Sputnik sets no limit on the number of prepaid cards you create, and takes no cut of any payment transaction. More documentation is available here.
RADIUS authentication: link SputnikNet to your external RADIUS server.
Using RADIUS authentication you can link SputnikNet to your external RADIUS server. This enables SputnikNet to work with external billing systems and user directory systems such as Microsoft Active Directory. When you apply a RADIUS authentication system to a captive portal, users are presented with the opportunity to enter their credentials which are checked against your RADIUS server. More documentation is available here.
SMS authentication: send login codes to users cell phones.
With the SMS authentication system you can send codes to users' cell phones, which they can then use to log in to your Wi-Fi network. You can set time and bandwidth limits for the codes. Sputnik does not charge anything for SMS codes, however you will need an account with an SMS gateway provider such as Esendex. More documentation is available here.
User authentication: set up user login with or without self-signup.
User authentication lets you create user logins in SputnikNet or on-the-fly, when users sign up via the captive portal. You can gather basic information about users such as email, title, and organization, and the type of information gathered can be customized. More documentation is available here.
WorldPay authentication: charge customers' credit cards for paid Wi-Fi in multiple currencies.
WorldPay authentication lets you link SputnikNet to your WorldPay account, which enables payment processing in numerous international currencies. Sputnik never takes a cut of your payment transactions. More documentation is available here.