I often get asked by my clients how they can offer free W-Fi to their guests. I have never really found a easy to manage system that worked flawlessly. Most of the systems I found are targeted more towards large setups, or they don’t offer built in sub netting. A couple of years ago I discovered Meraki, which is exactly what I need for my clients. The problems is that a lot of my clients don’t like to spend a lot of money, and they see the yearly license fees as too expensive. So I continued my quest to find a cheaper alternative.
Enter Open-Mesh, Open-Mesh is an extremely low cost, cloud based, Wi-Fi solution. It offers public Wi-Fi, both free and paid, and allows you to completely separate those clients from your private network. It also allows you to create a captive portal for the public Wi-Fi. It is all managed via their cloud based management portal called Cloud Trax.