Sputnik Announces Major Upgrade to SputnikNet Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi Service
Content Caching at the Edge, Bandwidth Management, SMS Authentication
Oct. 20, 2011 - PRLog -- San Francisco - Sputnik, a leading provider of cloud services for Wi-Fi networks, announced several new features in SputnikNet, the company's flagship application. New innovations include:
Content Caching at the Edge
SputnikNet now enables customers to add a Sputnik-provisioned USB flash drive to popular devices, such as the Cisco E3200, Cisco E4200, and ASUS RT-N16 Wi-Fi routers, and enable content caching. This both improves network performance and saves bandwidth by storing frequently accessed web content locally, improving Wi-Fi user experience at the venue. In addition, new caching reports enable providers to view bandwidth savings and performance statistics.
Per-User Bandwidth Controls
Wi-Fi providers can set a maximum upload and download rate per subscriber, per session, and per Wi-Fi router. In addition, quality-of-service (QoS) throttling enables providers to limit popular peer-to-peer protocols such as BitTorrent.
SputnikNet offers a new SMS authentication system, enabling providers to text login codes to subscriber cell phones. Wi-Fi users simply enter their cell phone number into a captive portal and are texted the login code.
Sputnik has partnered with Essendex Limited for SMS messaging. As with all of Sputnik's payment-based authentication systems (for example PayPal, Credit Card, Prepaid), Sputnik does not charge any usage or revenue share fees.
SputnikNet now enables providers to set the maximum number of Wi-Fi sessions on a router, after which users are given a place in line. (Similar to numbered tickets at a deli counter.) Wi-Fi users see a dynamically updated estimate of how long it will take for them to move to the front of the queue and get online.
SputnikNet contains many other improvements, including:
- Enhanced user interface for faster, easier access to useful information and controls
- Context-sensitive help, integrated documentation search and live support chat
- Quick MAC lookup to survey Wi-Fi devices on networks
- Radio scheduling to turn Wi-Fi off and on at defined intervals
- Improved user session reports, enabling time and bandwidth summaries by router, subscriber, authentication system and captive portal
- Captive portal preview in list view
- Ability to harvest subscriber emails for building marketing lists
"Our engineers have been working hard to bring great new capabilities to SputnikNet,"
Pricing and availability
After a one-time $49.95 account setup fee, SputnikNet is $19.95/month, or $199.50/year, per managed router. Volume discounts kick in automatically as providers add managed Wi-Fi devices to their networks. Certain features require Sputnik Pro subscriptions at $49.95/month or $499.50/year, with volume discounts available. Providers can sign up for SputnikNet at http://store.sputnik.com.
Sputnik Agent firmware, which enables Wi-Fi routers from leading vendors such as ASUS, Cisco, EnGenius, NETGEAR and many others, is free. Sputnik firmware is available at http://www.sputnik.com/
Pre-formatted Sputnik USB cache drives are $49.95 and can be ordered at Sputnik's online store.
About Sputnik, Inc.
Sputnik Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based software that enables ISPs and wireless service providers to build custom-branded, access-controlled Wi-Fi services and manage them over the Internet. Sputnik's remote network and subscriber management features allow cost-effective operation in locations without onsite technical support. The company's easy-to-use, flexible software supports a wide range of businesses, service providers, and educational institutions, and has been adopted by customers in more than 100 countries around the world. The company is based in Sausilito, California.
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Sputnik Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based software that enables ISPs and wireless service providers to build custom-branded, access-controlled Wi-Fi networks and manage them over the Internet.