Wi-Fi Orbit supports Mikrotik routers only at the moment. They are very reliable, configurable and not expensive (starting models at least).
Select router model ("Wireless for home and office" section)
For example, you could try RB951-2n model.
Anyway, make sure that you buy a router with Wi-Fi support, since some of Mikrotik products are for cable connections only.
Topologies1. Customers connect to Mikrotik Wi-Fi routers
Connect Mikrotik Wi-Fi routers to your LAN or ISP. Configure billing on every Mikrotik router, customers connect to them.
2. Customers connect to another Wi-Fi routers
Connect your Wi-Fi routers (LinkSys, D-LINK, TP-LINK, Ubiquity, etc.) to a Mikrotik wired or wireless router. Configure billing on Mikrotik router. Customers connect to your routers.
Connect router to network
Connect the router to your local network so it gets the Internet connection. For example, you can connect it as a client to your primary Internet router via a cable (use Mikrotik LAN port #1)
1. Connect any Windows laptop with Ethernet cable to Mikrotik LAN port #2, so you can administer it.
2. Set laptop LAN IP configuration to automatic (DHCP). You should be able to connect to the Internet via Mikrotik at this point.
3. Usually, the default Mikrotik IP address is 192.168.88.1. Open it in your web browser to start configuration. Username = admin, password is empty.
4. We recommend that you download Mikrotik WinBox program which helps you administer the router. You can find the download link on your router control panel or download it here. Start WinBox and connect to the router.
You can make the next steps yourself or
Contact us for online setup
Set router identity
Open WinBox, System > Identity, specifyLogin to see your locations identities
Configure Wi-Fi interface
1. Open WinBox > Interfaces. Double click on wlan1 > Wireless tab, set SSID (e.g. your organization name), click OK.
2. Open WinBox > Bridge > Ports tab, select your interface (wlan1), remove it (click (-) button).
Configure Ethernet interface
Use this step if you setup billing on Ethernet port, where you connect any other routers, e.g. Ethernet #3.
Open WinBox > Interfaces > Ethernet tab. Double click on the interface, e.g. ether3-slave-local, set Master Port = none, click OK.
Configure RADIUS server
Open WinBox > RADIUS, click (+) button to add a new RADIUS server, set:
Hotspot box = checked
Login box = checked
Address = 184.108.40.206
Secret = 123
Timeout = 5000
1. Open WinBox > IP > Hotspot > Servers tab, click Hotspot Setup button, set:
Hotspot Interface = your billing interface, e.g. "wlan1"
Local Address of Network = 10.5.50.1/24
Address Pool = (default)
Certificate = none
SMTP Server = (default)
DNS Servers = 220.127.116.11
DNS name = my.wifiorbit.com
Local user login/password = admin/(specify password)
You can specify any domain as the hotspot DNS name. We recommend using a non-existing sub-domain of your own domain, for example: hotspot.mydomain.com
Click Next, hotspot is created.
2. Switch to Server Profiles tab, double click on your hotspot, set:
Login tab > HTTP CHAP, HTTP PAP = checked
Login tab > Cookie = unchecked
RADIUS tab > Use RADIUS = checked, Accounting = checked, Interim Update = 00:05:00
Open WinBox > System > SNTP Client, set:
Enabled box = checked
Mode = unicast
Primary NTP Server = 0.pool.ntp.org (or 18.104.22.168)
Secondary NTP Server = 1.pool.ntp.org (or 22.214.171.124)
Configure Mikrotik pages
1. Open WinBox > IP > Hotspot > Walled Garden tab, add new entry:
Dst. Host = wifiorbit.com
2. Overwrite Mikrotik default login, logout and status pages:
Open WinBox > Files, drag-n-drop unzipped login.html, logout.html, status.html files into hotspot folder in the list.
Use this if you are going to accept PayPal and credit cards payments.
2. Open WinBox > Files, drag-n-drop downloaded paypal.rsc script into the root folder.
3. Open WinBox > New Terminal, run command:
At this point you should be able to connect to your router from any Wi-Fi device and get the login page automatically, or when you try opening any website.
Return to your Wi-Fi Orbit account to sell access cards to your customers.
Got any problem? Contact us!
User timeout: log off a customer session automatically after some period of inactivity.
Open WinBox > IP > Hotspot > User profiles tab > double click on the default profile, set:
Idle timeout = 00:05:00 (5 minutes)
Configure URL log
Use this if you need to collect URL log for your customers (extra charges are applied).
1. Open WinBox > IP > Web Proxy > General tab, set:
Enabled = checked
Max. Cache Size = none
2. Open WinBox > IP > Hotspot > User Profiles tab, open the "default" profile, set:
Transparent Proxy = checked
3. Open WinBox > System > Logging > Actions tab, click "+" to add new action, set:
Name = sendToProxylizer
Type = remote
Remote address = 126.96.36.199
Switch to the Rules tab, click "+" to add a rule, set:
Topic = web-proxy, !debug (set "!" next to debug)
Action = sendToProxylizer