FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I get a copy of the manual?
A. Download at http://www.guest-internet.com/manual/. This manual covers all our products.
Q. How do I get the latest firmware?
A. See the firmware request box on the support page. Provide the following information: product model, current firmware version, serial number and your email address. We will respond and send you the correct firmware for your product. Note that some email providers may not permit you to receive a binary file via email.
Q. How do I determine which gateway product is the best one for my application?
A. We recommend that you have a maximum of 5 users per Mbit/second of bandwidth. This means that a 5 Mbit/second DSL circuit can be used for up to 25 users. Each product has a maximum bandwidth capacity and can be selected for the number of users and Internet circuit as follows:
• GIS-K1: Up to 5 Mb/s circuit, maximum 25 users
• GIS-R2: Up to 10 Mb/s circuit, maximum 50 users
• GIS-R4: Up to 20 Mb/s circuit, maximum 100 users
• GIS-R5: Up to 30 Mb/s circuit, maximum 150 users
• GIS-R6: Up to 40 Mb/s circuit, maximum 200 users
• GIS-R10: Up to 50 Mb/s circuit, maximum 250 users
• GIS-R16: Up to 100 Mb/s circuit, maximum 500 users
Q. How do I know when the capacity of my gateway is being exceeded?
A. The latest firmware (rev 35) monitors the throughput of the gateway and the backhaul circuit. When the capacity has reached the limit then the next user who tries to login will see the message "This Hotspot is busy, please try later". This feature can be disabled, however users will begin to experience delays.
Q. What determines the maximum number of concurrent users for each type of gateway?
A. The limitations of each gateway are determined by a number of factors:
• The data throughput bandwidth demanded by the user applications
• The number of devices requesting IP addresses. These can be laptops, iPhones, iPads, etc. Note that one person may have two or three devices.
• The number of connections that each user requests. A browser will open multiple connections when downloading a page.
The maximum number of users can be connected when each user is checking email or is browsing the Internet. If some users have data intensive applications (e.g. video streaming via Netflix, Skype VoIP, VPN file transfer, etc) then the total number of users that the gateway can support is reduced.
Q. How do I make scratch cards to sell Internet access to the public?
A. Manufacturers of scratch cards require a minimum order of 1000 cards. Contact Promo Printing Group for a quote. A practical way to prepare pre-pay cards is to create 1000 codes and then download them to your computer in CSV format. The file can be opened by Microsoft Excel and used to print peel-off Avery labels. Avery 5257 labels (0.5" x 1.75") are good to print codes. Finally peel off each code and stick onto your business card or brochure. You can also have a pre-pay card printed using a business card format as this is inexpensive.
Q. Can I sell Internet access by charging Internet users using credit cards?
A. We will release a firmware for GIS-R4, R5 and R6 gateway products in July, 2011 that will permit a Hotspot operator to charge for Internet access. The firmware release will have a gateway for PayPal® and the Hotspot operator will have to obtain a PayPal® account to receive payments. Credit card billing will not be available for the GIS-K1 or GIS-R2.
Q. I have a motel and I just received a letter from my DSL service provider telling me that my service will be cut off due to illegal file downloads. How can I stop my guests downloading illegal files?
A. We will release a firmware for GIS-R4, R5 and R6 gateway product in July, 2011 that will permit a Hotspot operator to block the software that is used for illegal downloads of copyrighted material. The ISPs can detect when a peer-to-peer file sharing program, such as bittorrent is being used. Note that when file share blocking is activated then the maximum number of users is reduced.
Q. How do I prevent guests looking at X-rated web sites in the hotel lobby?
A. All our gateway products have content filtering, which can be activated during installation. The content filter requires an account with OpenDNS, the leading content filtering service.
Q. Can I access the gateway remotely after I have installed it?
A. Yes you can. All our gateway products have a check box as part of the firewall configuration to permit remote access. The gateway will have to be configured with a fixed IP and the DSL or Cable router will have to be configured for port forwarding. If the DSL or Cable service has a fixed IP then remote access just requires the IP address and the port number allocated to the gateway. If the DLS or Cable IP address is dynamic then the gateway DynDNS service can be used. An account is required with DynDNS and their service permits the gateway IP to be obtained.
Q. How do I isolate users to prevent one from accessing the information of another?
A. User isolation is implemented by configuring each wireless access point for WVLAN operation. Commercial grade access points support WVLAN configuration, including those manufactured by Engenius and Ubiquiti. All our gateway products provide support features for advanced wireless access point operation, including port forwarding for remote configuration, and failure monitoring.