What to consider when providing Guest WiFi?
Security for you and your guests
and maybe the opportunity to improve your revenues.
It’s true with WPA-PSK2 security you are fairly well protected to hand out your password, some security is better than non. It would be more prudent to split your networks and ensure guests operate within their on section of the provided bandwidth and some WiFI router have this provision built in. The most suitable way to provide guest internet is to have its own router split away from your private network.
With most alternative broadband EG Mastband, you will be subscribing to a data limit and no matter how much you request your guests not to be too excessive with internet use you will find that more data than you wished for will be consumed, in some circumstances at an alarming rate.
Guests using excessive amounts of data.
We see this a lot and no matter how we plead with guests about data use still it happens.
Solution? Guest WiFi which will not only controls what your guests use but will give you full piece of mind over security issues
Even an entry level piece of kit will sort out the the data issue provide a high level of security. Simples!
Data is expensive: Example.
Set up the Guest WiFi device to allow your guests a certain amount data for their stay. EG enough for social media, business & personal emails and maybe web searching for local attractions and maybe booking events. We would suggest you restrict data use by not allowing your guests to stream movies etc. as this can consume large amounts of data. You could then allow your guests further data either free or by nominal charges. This can be done by pre issued vouchers (we would set these up for you) which will release further data. We can set these up for specific amounts of data and set up charges if you wish.
Guest Wi-Fi is not on your private network, you’ll never have to give out your password for people to log in. That way, all your devices, personal data and sensitive information are protected.
Summary, Guest WiFi will provide:
Branding: Customise the login page with your branding and logo for a more professional look and feel.
Data Capture: you can customise what fields you require from your customers. You can request email, phone number, or any other data you want to collect
Compliance Report addresses all of the PCI Data Security Standards, helping customers to build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder data, maintain a vulnerability management program, implement strong access control measures, and monitor network security.
Vouchers: Use Vouchers to Limit guest Accesses. You can distribute Vouchers to limit the access to the internet.
Revenue: Use Vouchers to provide a limited amount of data and then your could charge a premium for further user covering you data cost and possibly more. We can designed systems to have no human intervention so if you guests reuire more data there browser will be automatically pointed to a pyment portal.
Plus much more.