WifiGem consists of a server and one or more WiFi hotspots. The Server hosts the Dashboard and provides the typical Captive Portal functions. The hotspots are the users' entry point to the network. When a user connects to the WiFi network, the hotspot checks whether the user is already authenticated or not. If it isn't, redirects the connection to the server, which displays the login page on the user's mobile device and authenticates their credentials. With the Social Media login, the server asks for authentication to the Social Media. Once the user is authenticated, the hotspot gives the green light to the Internet. From now on, and according to the usage limits defined in the profile, the hotspot will grant access to the Internet.
This solution usually includes one server and multiple hotspots in a pre-existing network of high complexity. With complex network environemnts, the server can be placed in the DMZ and may be made accessible from the Internet to help you configure your system remotely. This requires you to redirect port 443 (https) from the public IP. The hotspots can be served by a dedicated switch behind a firewall.
In the Bridge scheme, the server is located on the path between the hotspots and the Internet. All network traffic must pass through the server, which then must have a higher processing power than in the Standard configurations. The captive portal functions are entirely contained in the WifiGem server and are guaranteed by the network configuration in bridge mode. The hotspots are standard market products, possibly pre-existing, but are not configurable from the dashboard. Behind the server it is also possible to place computers or other devices connected via ethernet cable.
In this configuration, the server is located at your site and receives authentication requests from remote routers. The routers can be located on the same LAN or on the Internet and must have a hotspot function onboard. The routers can be wired or connected to the mobile phone network. This architecture can be used when you want to create your own cloud network and provide captive portal functionality to your customers. In this case you only need to install and configure a new router at the customer's site.