How the OnRamp Access Controller Works
rovingIP.net's OnRamp Access Controller is a small hardware
device that turns a retail location into an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
that generates income. The OnRamp works at the location to limit access
to the Internet to paying users of the rovingIP.net services.
The small OnRamp fits between the Access Point and the Internet
Modem and auto-configures upon hookup. Cat-5 wiring connects the devices.
Limiting Access to Paying Subscribers
Access to the Internet through the hotspot venue's broadband access
is limited to either:
||Those users who have subscribed to the hotspot
venue's broadband Internet services or
||Subscribers of other rovingIP.net network affiliates. The owner
of the hotspot location is rewarded a settlement fee each time a subscriber from
another rovingIP.net network affiliate connects through its OnRamp.
How It Works
When a person wants to access the Internet, their device will be "inspected"
by the OnRamp Access Controller for the rovingIP.net client. Non-subscribers
will be re-directed to an OnRamp web page indicating that fee-based
access is available.
The following procedure is initiated for recognized subscribers:
||User connects to the wireless network at the
||The OnRamp redirects the user to the rovingIP.net
Network Operations Center.
||The NOC validates the user, permitting access
and sends this information back to the OnRamp at the hotspot
||OnRamp grants access for the user session.