Your Wi-Fi SSID is your Wi-Fi network name. Customising it tells everyone you’re the generous business providing a Wi-Fi connection. Here are two tricks that will get your Wi-Fi hotspot noticed.
A Wi-Fi Nerd’s Tips to Getting Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Noticed for Free
1. Change your Wi-Fi name (SSID) to your business name. For example “Juan’s Taqueria Wi-Fi”. Juan’s Wi-Fi users now know that Juan does great tacos as well as fast Wi-Fi. It sounds simple but a lot of businesses never get around to it.
2. _Put an underscore at the beginning of your Wi-Fi name. This will push your Wi-Fi network to the top of everyone’s list of available Wi-Fi networks.
_PolkaSpots Supafly Wi-Fi
_Pretty Fly 4 a Wi-Fi
For Wi-Fi naming inspiration check out some funny SSID’s here…
To change your PolkaSpots Wi-Fi hotspot SSID log into your cloud based Wi-Fi hotspot account here…
Because PolkaSpots is a cloud based Wi-Fi hotspot solution you can change your SSID from anywhere in the world at any time. You’ll find your network name settings in the “Network” tab.
That’s right, SMS logins are officially here. Fancy. Pants.
How does it work? Your customers simply enter their mobile number on your login screens. We’ll send them an SMS with a login code. They enter this for access.
You still choose how much time they get, and when they can get online. Currently you will need to open a ticket in Cucumber Tony to access this – currently in private beta, invitation only.
Here’s how you set up SMS logins on your Wi-Fi Hotspots?
Login to Cucumber Tony and head over to your location’s access settings. Select SMS from the drop down. That’s it, no more set up required.
When your customers visit your WiFi Hotspots, they’ll see a login page asking them for a mobile number
After they enter this, they will receive a code via text. Fancy pants.
Entering this code will send them right along
This is Sin after a lot of free espressos during PolkaSpots Wi-Fi’s trip to the London Coffee Festival.
Those cafes take coffee to a new level – someone gave us coffee caviar. Bizarre!
A big thanks to everyone we met.
Today two lovely east London cafes agreed to tie the knot with PolkaSpots Wi-Fi. Vowing to have and to hold their managed Wi-Fi hotspot solution in sickness and in health from this day forward.
In entering a civil partnership with PolkaSpots Wi-Fi, they got a free Wi-Fi access point and Wi-Fi management account to use and review.
You can visit the new Wi-Fi hotspots here, and here…
If you’re an east London business who’d like to review the new Wi-Fi hotspot management system – get in touch. You can sign up for a cloud based account here…
Look out for more PolkaSpots Wi-Fi hotspots around east London coming soon.
Watch out – they’re coming…
East London Wi-Fi hotspots for cafes, bars and east London businesses.
Next week is UK Coffee Week!
All week cafes will be fundraising for clean water projects in Africa. You’ll have the option to add 5p to your coffee flavoured purchase at participating cafes.
So buy lots of coffee! Next week why not leave the office, buy a coffee (or two) and work from your local cafe for an hour. You’ll be doing a little something for a very good cause.
The Polka team will be visiting EC1 Wi-Fi cafes to work, but UK Coffee Week (as the name suggests) is nationwide.
Find your local participating cafe here…
Top of the list is connecting your customers to the Internet – obvs.
But once everyone’s online, what’s your cloud managed Wi-Fi account for? Today we talk about setting a Wi-Fi hotspot speed limit to improve your Wi-Fi service.
How to set a Wi-Fi hotspot speed limit & why it’s worth it…
Sharing your Wi-Fi with your guests is easy. But once they’re all connected to your hotspot lots of users can slow your Wi-Fi down.
Creating a Wi-Fi speed limit per user (or managing your bandwidth as the geeks call it) regulates your broadband so more people can connect and still receive a good Wi-Fi service.
This keeps your Wi-Fi fast and your hotspot busy.
To edit your Wi-Fi speed limit click here…
If you’re brand new to PolkaSpots you can set up a Cucumber Tony Wi-Fi account and manage your broadband bandwidth here…
For instructions on how to change your Wi-Fi speed limit go here…
The cool kids keep talking about putting stuff in the Cloud. Please try and ignore their turtle necks and NHS glasses for a moment, because a cloud managed Wi-Fi service is useful for everyone – not just the geeks.
Your Wi-Fi service is the bit that turns your everyday router into a clever Wi-Fi access point that you can control.
In the old days – most of the information to manage your Wi-Fi service was stored in your Wi-Fi router. This meant there wasn’t much room to do anything clever with your Wi-Fi.
With cloud based Wi-Fi, your Wi-Fi access point looks up to the cloud to get the information it needs. It’s a leaner, meaner, more reliable way of managing your Wi-Fi hotspot.
When you sign up to the PolkaSpots service you’ll have access to a cloud based dashboard (like a website) where you can customise your Wi-Fi settings.
Because your Wi-Fi service is in the cloud, you can change your Wi-Fi settings from anywhere in the world. Just log onto the management website. You’ll see all your Wi-Fi access points working away. If something goes wrong you’ll be able to see which wireless access point is causing trouble and fix it quick.
And, there’s now room to do fancy stuff – like design login pages and restrict Wi-Fi users. All from your Wi-Fi cloud.
A cloud managed Wi-Fi service puts you in control of your Wi-Fi hotspot. You choose how to moderate guest access, not your Wi-Fi provider or your users. It’s your Wi-Fi connection after all.
A lot of you have been asking if there is a Wi-Fi hotspot reseller scheme.
If you’re an IT company you can use Cucumber Tony to manage your client’s Wi-Fi hotspots remotely. But, whilst Cucumber Tony is in public beta we’re not offering a reseller plan. We’d rather get the things running smoothly first.
What will you get when the Wi-Fi reseller plan is ready?
When the reseller package is live you’ll get one cloud based Wi-Fi portal to manage your Wi-Fi hotspots from.
This central Wi-Fi portal is yours to brand as you please, (one reseller affectionately called their Cucumber Tony portal Aubergine Sydney).
You’ll be a super Wi-Fi admin with different permissions to your clients. They’ll have their own login to view Wi-Fi usage reports, but they won’t be able to change any of your business Wi-Fi settings – or see your other client’s Wi-Fi hotspots.
Until the reseller version of the Wi-Fi management portal is live, please sign up and create your Wi-Fi hotspots as a civilian. Your Wi-Fi account can be upgraded to the reseller plan when the time comes.
What would you like to see in the reseller package? Leave your Wi-Fi comments and feedback here…
Even if you just tell us what you’d call your own cloud based Wi-Fi hotspot management portal
Timberyard coffee house needed a sturdy, fast Wi-Fi service suitable for business users and the general public.
As well as a cafe area to eat and relax, Timberyard has co-working space for business meetings, freelance workers, exhibitions and pop-up events.
Installing a professional Wi-Fi network was key to Timberyard’s success. To attract business customers and run events they needed a quality Wi-Fi service.
They didn’t want the pain of installing the Wi-Fi themselves and called local Wi-Fi provider PolkaSpots to take care of everything. And it worked – Timberyard have a whooping 41 Wi-Fi hotspot users a day average, and are building a reputation in the coffee world for their fast Wi-Fi connection.
Here’s how they pulled their Wi-Fi off…
Wi-Fi Signal – the PolkaSpots team recommended Meraki Wi-Fi access points. These sturdy access points would ensure the Wi-Fi signal was strong and reliable. PolkaSpots visited to install a Wi-Fi access point on each floor and configured the network to ensure there was no interference from the neighbours Wi-Fi connection.
Wi-Fi Speed & Capacity – so Timberyard had enough Wi-Fi bandwidth for all their customers to get online, a bonded broadband service was installed. This gives them double the speed & capacity of a single broadband line.
On top of this, to ensure everyone gets a good wireless connection the Wi-Fi hotspot is split into executive and public access. The executive Wi-Fi network is saved for business meetings and corporate events downstairs, and the public Wi-Fi signal is available for general use upstairs in the cafe.
Cloud Managed Wi-Fi Service – PolkaSpots configured Timberyard’s network using Cucumber Tony – the PolkaSpots cloud based management portal.
The Cucumber Tony service gives Timberyard an online account to manage their Wi-Fi hotspot. They can see who’s used their Wi-Fi, restrict access and update their login pages with news and events. Cucumber Tony is also a captive portal and takes care of Timberyard’s Wi-Fi security.
Click here to test drive your own cloud based Wi-Fi hotspot…
To drink some great coffee and use Timberyard’s Wi-Fi hotspot go here…