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How to setup paid guest (hotspot) wifi services with existing wifi hardware?

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We have 30 plus Aruba networks 205 access points in a Retirement Home . One is for staff, other is for guests and Residents. My Manager has asked that I explore how we can generate money from Residents and guests ( Visitors ) that use our free wifi currently. Our Aruba hardware uses a virtual web based to configure our network. Early stages of this project, but would appreciate any leads on how to incorporate our hardware (Aruba ) with what my Manager is asking for... Thanks for any advice... PS... do know that I can redirect guest wifi under configurations to a splash page and or web site... but after that I am at wits end on what to do... :)
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by:Wirelessnerd
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Hi Bernie,

You may want to look into Aruba's Clearpass solution as this is not possible with just Aruba controller (or instant APs).
With Clearpass you get advanced hotspot capabilities including the possibility to provide payed wifi access.
Plans can include total session time or times since purchase and support multiple payment transaction provider.

Have a look at https://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/AAA-NAC-Guest-Access-BYOD/Configure-Hotspot-Manager-on-CPPM/ta-p/186772 for a howto on how to do it with Clearpass.

To enable this you will need to purchase Guest licenses on top of the Clearpass policy manager itself.

Let me know if you need any more info and I'll be happy to help you out.
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by:Bernie Fenton
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Thanks for quick reply... looks very pricey... this will not work with our environment... we are a non profit organization... and do not have the money to back such an adventure.  I have installed current system... including cables to 5 floors to help assist St Joseph from keeping cost to a mininum... and need to keep this new project... cost effective also.  Is there any third party alternatives that will work with Aruba instant virtual controlller... Thanks Again... appreciate all your thoughts... Take Care :)
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by:Wirelessnerd
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Well. Your instant APs allow for a external portal and radius (including accounting and change of authorization) so there's bound to be free solutions too but as I have no experience with those I can'r help you further.
Best of luck with your search.
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by:masnrock
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You could try a product like PacketFence, but I do encourage you to look at what was already suggested as well. Time can be a cost just as much as money.
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by:eeRoot
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Look at "Hotel wifi" or "Hospitality wifi" providers.  There are many out there, you may be able to find one that can work with your existing access points.
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by:SIM50
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I would like to suggest to look at implications of charging for wifi. How will you do it? Credit cards? Are you currently PCI compliant? or is HIPPA the only compliance you need to follow? If you are not following PCI standard right now, the money you will invest to be could be much more than the revenue you will generate from charging for wifi.
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Let me note that I'm assuming that the wireless network for residents and guests is entirely segregated from the corporate network. PacketFence will let you use options like Authorize.net and PayPal for payment collection. Since those are basically outsourced functions, that should keep you mostly PCI compliant from that standpoint (ALWAYS verify this).

But to give my own personal thoughts, I would suggest that for residents, that should be included in their costs, even if a slight increase occurs.
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Thanks for everyone's thoughts. With being non profit, Clearpass was not an option. Very pricey.  Have gone with http://www.hotspotsystem.com/.
This is up and working, and still testing, but looking good so far. Although on trial vesion, when all said and done, we can purchase as needed vouchers that can be given to residents at our retirement home, and staff that want to use our Wifi on their breaks. These vouchers, in our case will be good for 6 months. After User clicks on wifi signal, they are presented with splash page to enter voucher code. We pay hotspotsystems.com $50 for 200 Vouchers. And there after can purchase similiar as needed. No monthly charges. Thanks again for everyones suggestions, and at present all is looking good from our side.
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by:Bernie Fenton
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everyone's answer and thoughts led me to hotspotsystems.com
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