WiDirect Cloud Services: Getting Started

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Getting started on the WiDirect Cloud service is simple. The WiClient needs to be told where the WiDirect server is located. The WiDirect needs to have some basic setup done before users can create an account.


Configure WiClient

The WiClient needs to be configured with the location of the WiDirect server. On a regular size WiClient you will need to open the firewall menu and scroll to the bottom where it says "Configure WiDirect Server Here." Change the AuthServer and path settings to the value you were given. Hit the "Save Config & Apply" button to apply the changes. It is a good idea to restart the WiClient when changing the location of the WiDirect server.

Configure WiDirect

Login to WiDirect

Your WiDirect will be available at one of the following URLs:

http://demo.allcitywireless.com/CompanyName/admin/
https://hosted.widirectnetworks.com/CompanyName/admin/

If you would like to use your own domain then you can simply point that domain to the same IP as the domain you were given. That method will only work for free networks. If you are accepting payments then your account will need to be moved to its own server.

Add WiClient

Open the WiClient status page to add a new WiClient. A WiClient doesn't need to be added to work, but some features (bandwidth restrictions, user connections after a restart, and WiClient monitoring) won't function properly.

Create Access Plan

Before users can register for an account an access plan must be created. Open the access plans page and choose the add access plan option. Simply fill in the fields with their desired values to create the plan. Set the cost to be 0 to allow users on without paying.

Create Profile

The WiDirect uses profiles as a way to provide a different user experience to different parts of the network. The user's profile is determined by the WiClient. On a full size WiClient the profile can be determined by the user's IP address, which may correspond to a particular interface or VLAN. A profile matching the profile name on the WiClient should be created on the WiDirect. Profiles are created on the profiles page, which is under the system configuration submenu. After a profile is created then the settings for that profile can be modified under the user experience submenu. To control the registration, session timeout, and MAC authentication settings then open the preferences page. Open the profile branding page to control the look and feel of the login, registration, and purchase pages.