Understanding different portal plans

WiFiLAN Cloud allows you to configure different types of billing plans based on your access policies. These plans can be integrated with portal pages to enforce time and bandwidth usage rules.

For example, to data capture plan is required for designing captive with data capture functions. You can specify how much time or bandwidth can be given to the user when users enters his personal data like email address to login.

Here are different types of plans available in WiFiLAN

 

Type of Plan Description
Paid Select this plan for configuring portals with paid access. You will need to add all the paid plans under one plan group. It is a good idea to create a separate plan group for the paid plans. You need to associate the plan group to a portal page so it will display all the paid plans in the plan group.
Free (Click-through) Select this option for click-through portals. The portal will have an option to accept the terms of service and click on the login button. The user will login with a “free” username that is automatically generated by WiFiLAN with FREE prefix. These users will have restrictions enforced by the plan
Data Capture Select this option for portals where you would like to capture user’s information e.g. Email address during login. User will have to enter the information before getting free access to the Internet. Internally WiFiLAN will automatically create username with DC prefix.
SMS Select this option if you want to create portal that prompts the user to enter mobile/cell number to login. WiFiLAN will automatically generate a 4 digit PIN/Password that will be sent to user’s registered mobile phone. The user will need to enter this PIN to login. The user’s mobile number becomes the username internally within WiFiLAN
Social Selection this option if you want to create captive portal with Social Media access. Currently Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Goolge+ are supported. WiFiLAN will redirect the user to corresponding social media website to verify their credentials. Once the credentials are verified, the user will get access to the Internet. The social media ID is stored as username for the user in WiFiLAN

 

Once you select the Plan Type, you need to select the Plan Restrictions. These restrictions decide whether you want to enforce time or data based restrictions on the users.

 

The table below describes each restriction in more detail –

 

Plan Restriction Description
   
Time (Continuous Use) Select this option if you want to enforce time based restrictions with continuous use. User accounts created using this option will expire after defined time irrespective of whether the user has used the service or not. For example, 1 Day Continuous Use Plan will expire exactly after 24 hours.
Time (Non-continuous Use) Select this option if you want to enforce time restriction with non-continuous use. User accounts created with this option will expire after the user has used the defined time. The user is free break the sessions into smaller time periods but cumulatively can’t exceed the defined time. It is possible to put validity period for the time usage.
Data (Non-continuous Use) Select this option if you want to enforce data restriction with non-continuous use. User accounts created with this option will expire after the user has used the defined bandwidth quota. The user is free to have multiple sessions but cumulatively can’t exceed the defined quota. It is possible to put validity period for the data usage.
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