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Welcome to WorldSpot.net
WorldSpot.net provides an easy and competitive solution for anyone to share his internet connection with advanced features for authenticating your hotspot users and controlling how they can connect to the internet.
WorldSpot.net is the ideal solution for hotels, campings, marinas, cafes, bars, campus, residences, WISPs and many others who live near such places.
For public places owners, you can easily print WYSIWYG customized access tickets with codes to gain access to your hotspot.
You can bill your users online and fully automate your hotspot. You set your own prices and get the highest revenue share of the market: 75% of your hotspot revenue goes directly to your paypal account. Please click here for more information.
No need for a PC, your hotspot can fit inside a single cheap wifi router. But you can choose any hardware you want to scale your hotspot to ANY size (municipal metro scale wifi is possible)
You can easily fully customize and brand your hotspot landing page with an embedded wysiwyg editor. Here is a live landing page demonstration.
There are many more features, please read below.
What is a hotspot?
A hotspot is a wifi access point that is made for public access to the internet. It has a captive portal which authenticates the hotspot users and grant access to the internet if the hotspot access policy conditions are met.
How does it work?
The wifi user connects to the hotspot wifi network with a computer, pda or any other wifi device with a web browser.
Then any connection attempt to a website will be automatically redirected to the hotspot website (this is called a portal).
This redirection is performed by a captive portal software which is situated in (or near) the wifi access point, because the user is not yet authentified.
WorldSpot.net provides the hotspot portal service that authentifies the user and checks that the hotspot access policy is met. When this is done, WorldSpot.net sends a message back to the access point granting access to the internet, possibly with some restrictions (max connection time, max volume or max rate).
Setting up a hotspot is very simple and absolutely free.
WorldSpot.net hotspot management portal is compatible with an open source captive portal software (coovachilli), which runs on any linux compatible router or PC.
The recommended solution is to buy a pre-flashed hotspot at the shop or to install WorldSpot firmware inside your compatible router, a very easy to install wifi router firmware that is completely managed remotely.
An other solution is to install CoovaAP firmware inside your compatible router, an easy to use free wifi router firmware that includes many powerful features including coovachilli captive portal. With Coova automatic hotspot configuration you can setup your hotspot without editing any file or entering any console command, using only a web interface.
As an alternative (but not recommended), you can install DD-WRT a free firmware with an older version of chillispot, but with a wider range of hardware compatibility. Please follow the DD-WRT hotspot setup procedure.
If you have the skills, you can also use chillispot with any other free linux firmware (like openwrt), or a linux PC.
Once you installed chillispot, simply register, click in the validation email, then you can create your hotspot by simply giving it a name.
Once created, click on 'display config info' and change your chillispot configuration file accordingly.
Don't forget to configure your hotspot and to create an access profile.
Then reboot your router, and you should be able to connect to your hotspot and test it.
With WorldSpot.net, you don't need to setup complicated radius server and web server. Your hotspot can run in a fully autonomous cheap wifi router that is connected to the internet.
When your hotspot(s) is(are) setup, all your hotspot(s) management is made on the internet. You don't need to physically access your hotspot(s).
Hotspot management features:
To be informed about the latest feature releases, there is a special forum topic about that.
If you would like to ask a question and feel that it can help other people, feel free to register and post into the forum.