Customize your guest WiFi experience with a Hotspot splash page

Guest WiFi Hotspot Splash Page

Customize the free guest WiFi experience with a Splash Page


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What is Guest WiFi? - Understand the technology in 30 seconds
Guest WiFi is essentially a separate network on an AP to control Internet access, data usage, and connection time. To access the Guest WiFi, usually, the user goes through an authentication service in a captive portal. Guest WiFi is the most reliable way to give users access to the Internet through an existing network.

Enhance the free guest WiFi experience with a custom splash page.

Last May, we released the Splash Page Editor, an essential tool that allows Network Administrators to create a customized branding guest WiFi experience, using company logo and corporate colors in the authentication page of a public hotspot. The editor is at the core of the new Tanaza platform and is available to all customers at no extra cost.

Improve the free guest WiFi experience with a Hotspot Splash Page

The Splash Page Editor allows customers to create effortlessly internal splash pages, configure, and assign them to multiple SSIDs, thanks to a fully-responsive and more intuitive user interface. Additionally, every SSID can have its unique splash page. 

Currently, the editor offers only a click-through authentication method for free guest WiFi. Therefore, network admins don’t need to store user-session data. More authentication methods, like Facebook login, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and VK, are on the way. Just remember, the splash page editor is the beginning, future developments will take our Splash Editor a new level.

Highly Customizable Splash Pages for Guest WiFi access

To build a mobile or desktop-ready splash page for guest WiFi access, it’s remarkably easy. The built-in Splash Page Editor allows users to customize the image, background, text, and login button. In terms of color, the palette available gently helps users to create their design system. In this way, users can keep brand consistency across their splash pages; the same applies to typography and buttons. Lastly, the editor allows users to set Terms and Conditions to have WiFi networks up-to-date and fully compliant with data privacy law.

Splash Page Editor

Connect External and Custom Splash Pages 

Alternatively, to customized splash pages, users can further connect external splash pages hosted with other providers like PurpleWiFi, Cloud4Wi or Aislelabs, to the new Tanaza platform. 

Similarly, if users have a custom splash page in use, it is possible to connect it to the platform. Users should follow the Tanaza guidelines on how to enable the custom splash page, and it will be all set. However, it might require some coding skills.

The Slash Page Editor in the new Tanaza platform will keep evolving, we have just released the first edition, more is to come. The R&D team at Tanaza continuously develops more features and add-ons to the platform, so stay tuned and keep an eye on our blog for upcoming features. Alternatively, subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know when new features are added to the platform.

Discover how to set up a Hotspot Splash Page in a few clicks in this step by step guide

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Upcoming features: Tanaza Roadmap

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Upcoming features: Tanaza Roadmap


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The Tanaza platform is continually under development, and the upcoming features for Tanaza in 2020 look very promising. The R&D team is working on some exciting and brand-new features for the Tanaza platform that you will learn more about in the next few minutes. Cool stuff, right? So keep reading to see what’s coming next.

What are the upcoming features in Tanaza’s roadmap?

Feature # 1.
Click-through built-in splash page for users’ access control

We are implementing a network access control page within our SSID settings. Thanks to that, network administrators can set up a basic splash page for click-through login on their SSIDs. Above all, this page will be a “welcome” or a “terms and conditions” page. Also, users will be able to customize the page with their brand logos and colors.

Splash page university

Feature # 2.
Tools to help network’s troubleshooting and diagnosis

We are putting in place some tools that will fasten and ease the diagnosis of network’s issues and troubleshooting. The cloud will allow sending a command to the access points to blink, to identify them when they’re installed on ceilings. Also, the cloud platform will allow pinging IP addresses, domain names, localhost names and also other devices, executing multiple simultaneous pings and visualizing all the results in nice dynamic diagrams.

Ping Tool

Feature # 3.
Improvements of the TanazaOS Installer

The TanazaOS installer will over time expand its compatibility with all the compatible devices

Intro-installer

Feature # 4.
Management of sticky clients

Sticky clients are generally a bad thing in WiFi networks. In other words, sticky clients are client devices that stay connected to an access point for a longer time instead of roaming to a new AP with a stronger signal. As a consequence, sticky clients experience a significant degradation of their WiFi connection.

Tanaza allows disconnecting clients if the retransmission rate is high and the WiFi quality is being affected. As a result, network administrators can decide to enable or disable this feature, depending on their network requirements.

Feature # 5.
Remote firmware upgrade for all access points in a network

Currently, with Tanaza, users have the possibility of upgrading the firmware remotely for single access points. The new-enhanced feature will allow upgrading a selection or all the access points in a network at the same time. Likewise, the upgrade will be possible for offline devices. Once they are connected to the internet, they will receive the new firmware.

Firmware Upgrade

Feature # 6.
Tracking the devices’ connections through the remote Syslog

This feature responds to multiple requests from our resellers worldwide. At the moment, we are working on implementing a system to track device’ connections through the remote Syslog. Most noteworthy, this feature initially available for Tanaza Classic customers, will be possible in the new Tanaza cloud management platform.

Read the article about tracking the devices’ connections through the remote Syslog

Last December, we rolled out some exciting brand-new features in the Tanaza platform.

Read the article to learn more about What’s new at Tanaza: New features.

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The fundamental difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic

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The fundamental difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic


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From a cloud-based management system to a hotspot system, and back. Tanaza’s journey towards creating the next WiFi management platform for service providers and the features that distinguish Tanaza’s latest platform from the Tanaza Classic Hotspot system.

When meeting with Tanaza customers that are currently migrating to our latest Tanaza’s platform, the inevitable questions always pop. “Sebastiano, why do you have two software? And what are the differences between them?” There’s a reason why these customers got confused in the first place.

A bit of history to refresh our beginnings

Tanaza started in 2010 with the first cloud management multi-vendor platform ever conceived. Then, we entered the hotspot business when we released the complete Tanaza Classic feature set. Afterward, we decided to refocus on cloud management for service providers and developed the latest Tanaza platform.

Well…
I tried to answer the questions about our brand name in my previous blog. However, I think there are still a couple of things to clarify on how the features overlap. Particularly now that the two products are integrated and can work together on the same WiFi deployments. I believe it is essential to understand the difference.

What is the difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic?

Tanaza

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Tanaza platform, which has the same name as the company.
This platform provides advanced cloud management features, including centralized configuration and remote monitoring, for service providers (check the complete list of features). Also, it will include -currently under development, a very basic splash page with click-through access.

Tanaza Classic

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Tanaza Classic (cloud.tanaza.com, editor.tanaza.com and dashboard.tanaza.com). It is an advanced hotspot system for WiFi marketing, social hotspots, and WiFi monetization. Also, it includes a small set of cloud management features.

When using both products together, it is clear that you can get the best of both products. On one side, a professional enterprise-level product to manage WiFi access points. And, on the other side, a complete set of marketing features.

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However, when using Tanaza you only use the hotspot features included in Tanaza Classic, and not the basic cloud management ones which are outdated, when compared to the latest Tanaza features. Similarly, when using the Tanaza Classic advanced hotspot system, you won’t use the basic click-through splash page included in the Tanaza platform.

The two products also will be available separately to make sure that users can get the most suitable software solution for their needs. In case users want to use the Tanaza platform features, they will need to use one of the compatible access points listed here. Alternatively, they might go for a Cosmo Networks access point.

Instead, in case of users who prefer the Tanaza Classic Hotspot features, they would need to select an access point in the compatibility list, which also includes some legacy and end of life devices.

What’s new at Tanaza: New features

What’s new at Tanaza: New features

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Can’t keep track of all the new features in the Tanaza WiFi cloud management software? Would you like to get an overview of all the functionalities that have been released recently?

Today, we’ll show you a detailed list of fresh new features from Tanaza. You’ll also learn why the new Tanaza platform is so special. And what’s the new feature that promises customers to speed up the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system.

 

New Year, New Start for Tanaza!

It’s 2020, and it’s a fresh start for us at Tanaza. Last year we witnessed the arrival of six new feature releases that give more edge to our software. Another six new features are on the roadmap for Q1 this year. Furthermore, we are on the verge of launching another project that we will let you know soon enough. But for now without further ado, let us turn to the matter in hand, the new features in Tanaza.

 

 

New Features in the Tanaza WiFi cloud management software

 

TanazaOS installer

It’s a software application that speeds up the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system on supported WiFi access points. Whenever network administrators want to upgrade their existing access points with the Tanaza operating system, the installer facilitates this upgrade.

Users only need to download the TanazaOS installer software. Then, connect the supported WiFi access point to the computer and input the device MAC address. Lastly, the installer will automatically install the right Tanaza firmware on the device.

The TanazaOS installer is available for Microsoft Windows (7 and later versions), and macOS (10.10 Yosemite and later versions).

Learn how to use the TanazaOS installer

 

Roaming on external captive portals

 

Fast Roaming on Wifi Networks

 

This feature allows client devices connected to an access point to maintain captive portal authentication as they roam across different access points. The roaming is managed by the Tanaza cloud, which allows faster session transitioning from one access point to the other.

By maintaining a consistent authentication, users experience a better WiFi connection. There’s no discontinuity in the connection when using applications such as VoIP (i.e., Skype calls) over WiFi.

Learn more about how Tanaza supports Fast Roaming

 

External captive portals with and without RADIUS

This functionality was previously available on the Tanaza Classic platform. As of now, network administrators, using TanazaOS-powered devices, can enjoy the perks of enabling their favorite external splash page. It ranges from in-house captive portals to the likes of Meraki’s captive portal, with or without RADIUS settings.

Moreover, it’s possible to configure the SSIDs at the network level. In this way, it’s extremely easy to provision new WiFi access points in the network. Once a new access point is added to an existing network with one or multiple pre-configured SSID, the device immediately starts broadcasting the default SSIDs without any further provisioning.

 

Multi-hotspot capability

Tanaza currently allows adding a maximum of eight SSIDs per network. Users can also enable multiple SSIDs with splash pages on a single access point.

 

The list of WiFi access points compatible with TanazaOS is growing

We recently added two widely-used WiFi access points from Ubiquiti. Now, UniFi AC Mesh Pro and UniFi AC Lite are part of the list of devices compatible with TanazaOS.

Check the full list of compatible devices with the TanazaOS operating system

 

Tanaza Classic Hotspot and TanazaOS are now fully integrated

 

 

This integration allows TanazaOS-powered devices to have external splash pages enabled on SSIDs, including the Tanaza Classic Hotspot captive portal.

Users can take advantage of the Tanaza Classic Hotspot system with the latest Tanaza WiFi cloud management platform. Tanaza Classic Hotspot includes a complete feature-set for social WiFi, paid WiFi, monetization through advertising, and WiFi-based marketing analytics.

It is worth mentioning this feature requires manual activation.

Learn more about how to activate the Tanaza Classic Hotspot and TanazaOS integration

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Before you go! Do you want to know what’s hot for Tanaza in 2020?

Spoiler alert! A groundbreaking product launch is around the corner. A promising alternative list of WiFi access points that will shake the universe and even the Cosmo of Networks.
Intrigued?
Then read the next blog post to find out what’s all the fuss about it. What’s new at Tanaza: Cosmo Networks.