Make Money from Wi-Fi With Three Hosted Hotspot Services - Page 2

By Eric Geier

November 29, 2010


The WirelessOrbit service can also be used to create free or fee-based hotspots accepting online payments. Like the other services, you can customize your captive portal login pages. You can limit hotspot usage by session time, calendar time, number of logins, and bandwidth limits. WirelessOrbit provides logging and reporting for hotspot usage and billing information.

The pricing is based on the number of wireless gateways you use, number of user accounts, and the monthly number of login sessions. The lowest level has a $25 signup fee with no monthly fee, which gives you up to 3 gateways, 100 accounts, and 1,000 hotspot sessions per month. However, this basic level doesn't include the following features: trouble ticket interface, remote system monitoring, priority customer support, and no Wireless Orbit banner in login portal.

Like with the other services, you can use firmware replacements like CoovaAP or DD-WRT. However, WirelessOrbit also supports gateways from other vendors, such as D-Link, Handlink, Orinoco, ValuePoint, and ZyXEL.

Eric Geier is the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi with enterprise-level encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS/802.1X authentication service. He is also the author of many networking and computing books, for brands such as For Dummies and Cisco Press.

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