My site basically allows anyone to setup a wifi hotspot easily using firmware from my site and a compatible router like the good old linksys 54g. I have two routers supported at the moment, the other is a tplink TL-WR1043ND. However im going to be compiling more firmware for other models and adding to the downloads page.
Point of difference to the competition:
-Much more affordable wifi rates for people who want to purchase using a credit card, skype and youtube is possible without having to worry about running out of megabytes in under 5min. I dont know why others are still charging exorbitant amounts per MB when the mb allowances offered by ISP's has increased significantly over the past few years. If the rate on a hotspot is more expensive than what I get on my phone, I just tether my phone instead and the hotspot operator loses my custom.
-Operators can print vouchers free of charge, and include a voucher expiry if they wish.
-Operators can enable "free wifi" between certain hours and on certain days if they wish, and there's a selectable megabyte/time limit per computer/device per 24 hours, no cost to the operator.
-A range of other options like making some websites free, changing which router ports redirect to the wifi login page, all configurable easily from the operators control panel on the website.
-Apple devices dont automatically popup the wifi hotspot login page when tapping on the ssid in wifi settings, you have to browse to a page using safari to see the login page - I need some comments/feedback on this, what do people prefer? I inserted some custom code into the router firmware to achieve this.
-The system is also capable of detecting "bittorrent" trying to connect prior to login, and at this stage just alerts me via email, nothing else, have yet to decide what will happen there. I can say i've had a few already.
50/50 revenue share from credit card sales.
Have been testing at a Hotel and also a Cafe, haven't had any major problems so far. None have received any copyright notices.
The website is at www.zappie.net.nz
I'll like people to try and test the web security on this and pm me of any vulnerabilities found.