SputnikNet Updates - October 4, 2012

We’re pleased to announce a major upgrade of SputnikNet on the 55th anniversary of the launch of Earth’s first manmade satellite, Sputnik I.

Router Management

  • Routers are geocoded by address or uplink IP address and displayed on a zoom-able map. Clicking on map pin displays router name, pre-authenticated and authenticated sessions, router address, and quick links to router status, settings and graphs.
  • Synchronization between router and SputnikNet cloud is faster and more efficient.
  • New “Cloud Lock” mode automatically overrides local router settings with values set in SputnikNet.
  • New “Disable Local Admin” mode prevents router settings from being modified locally. This turns off the router’s web admin console, SSH, telnet, UPnP and disables the router’s reset button, so a 30–30–30 reset will not be possible.
  • Added “Drag and drop” controls for prioritizing Quality of Service (QoS) settings, with pre-built templates.
  • Norton ConnectSafe DNS resolution and content filtering solution is now integrated into SputnikNet. This free service enables providers to protect their networks using any of three levels of content filtering against malware, phishing sites, scam sites and adult content sites.
  • OpenDNS now utilizes update-only password and includes verbose logging for easier troubleshooting.
  • New controls for remote administration of DHCP, SPI firewall, local web server, UPnP, port forwards, ttraff, and reset button.
  • Enhanced site survey includes scan history: each rescan now updates previously discovered Wi-Fi devices and adds new Wi-Fi devices.
  • New router performance graphs now include load average and WAN/LAN network activity (requires 3.4.4 firmware).
  • Routers list includes new optional fields: Authentication Systems, Cloud Lock Status, Local Admin, Local Time, Local Time Zone, Captive Portal Preview.
  • Router status overview now filters out routers that have been decommissioned (inactive for greater than two weeks).

CRM & Analytics

  • New survey module enables the creation of online surveys that can be displayed to users during authentication. SputnikNet surveys support a variety of question formats (email, free-form text, checkbox, list, auto-complete). Optional or required questions can appear once per client login, at every login, or after a defined interval.
  • New survey report module enables analysis of customer survey results and CSV export.
  • Client session data can now be CSV exported.
  • Client session data include new optional fields for: User Agent, Portal Requests, Blackout, Client Language, Initial Host, Initial URL, Unauthenticated Timeout.

Captive Portals

  • The full captive portal login process can now be simulated from portal preview (it is no longer necessary to log in through an active router).
  • Improved media mini-window for uploading, previewing and inserting graphics, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and QuickTags into portals.
  • New QuickTags for inserting dynamic widgets into captive portals and welcome pages (e.g. site name, login widget, countdown timer, guest name, session monitor window, original client destination URL, etc.)
  • Improved syntax highlighting for easier HTML editing.
  • Default captive portal and welcome portal designs updated to render better on mobile devices.
  • Walled garden rules display DNS validation status.
  • Captive portal request rate limiting added to prevent malicious or compromised clients from impacting router performance.
  • Bug fix: non-resolving walled garden rules no longer cause the router to open access.
  • Bug fix: captive portals now preview properly in sites that have no session records.

Authentication Systems

  • Bandwidth limits can now be set per authentication system. This is in addition to bandwidth limits set at the router and client level. The order of precedence (from most to least predominant) is client, authentication system, and router.
  • PayPal: added additional PayPal payment IPs to walled garden rules.
  • PayPal bug fix: automatic session create on post-back.

SputnikNet System

  • Improved notifications and alerts throughout SputnikNet.
  • Improved email and SNMP event notifications for new devices, router inactive/active, router IP change and system warnings.
  • Enhanced session handling and recycling.