Guide to Guest Internet Solutions Products

These days, if you’re operating a business where customer are on the premises (i.e. hotels, bars, cafes or restaurants)- Wi-fi access is no longer a just a nice bonus, it’s expected! So how do you go about providing a robust, easy to manage and economical Guest Internet Solution? Clue: the answer is in the question.

You will almost certainly benefit from Guest Internet Solutions (GIS)! the incredibly popular range of boxes allowing you to provide paid or unpaid internet access to each of your customers tailored to your business needs and controlled by you.

Before we explore the different boxes on offer, let’s look at why the GIS Gateway range could be the solution you need. Well firstly, before allowing guests to access the wonders of the world wide web, you may want to know who they are and if they agree to your many (or few!) terms and conditions.

GIS boxes allow you to create a mandatory log-screen that every connected device will have to pass through before an internet connection is granted.  This log in screen is customisable by you so you can add company branding, request contact information, direct clients to your company website when they first sign in, as well as set disclaimers to avoid liability for misuse. There can be as little or as much as you like, the choice is yours.

Example of customised log in page

Want to charge for internet access? The GIS gateways allow you to require a passcode from any user wishing to connect to your service, you sell them a randomly generated passcode (which you can print out on the GIS- TP1 ticket printer) and when they arrive at the login page they will need to enter the passcode to proceed.

How about capitalising on social media? It used to be that most of the guests who use your Wi-Fi were anonymous, but GIS gateways can be set to allow guests to sign in with their Facebook account. Why is this useful? Well if you know who you customers are you can tailor incentives to them with the aim of encouraging repeats business.  You could offer discounts, update them with new products and services, even ask them to like you social media page, the possibilities are endless!

What about security?  Because the GIS Gateway range is installed in between your external internet connection and your access points, the ability for it to act as a gatekeeper for access also extends to security. This can allows you set block access to unwanted sites (either individually or by category), set specific speed limits and even implement time limits for access.  Not only that but a built-in firewall stops users on the public network from access computers on your business network.

 

All traffic from the internet must pass through the GIS Gateway before being delivered to your clients giving you the control you need to deliver the service you desire

Now we’ve discussed the features of the GIS range, let’s look at the Gateway boxes themselves. On a basic level, all GIS Gateway models are named “GIS-R___”. And the higher the number after the “R”, the higher in terms of users, throughput and functionality. From the R2 up to the R40, there are 8 R-boxes available overall, ranging from support for 50 concurrent users up to 1000.

Above is a handy quick guide to the product range and included features. All of these boxes connect to you existing network, providing Wi-Fi access using your existing access points. The exception to the rule is the GIS-K1; this is the lowest specification box but also the only product with built in Wi-Fi.

If you would like to know more about GIS products here’s a short video of the unboxing of the GIS-R4 which gives you a look at the physical product and the on screen setup wizard.

 

You can find our selection of GIS products for sale at WifiGear here. Thank you for reading!