Creating an Hotspot using a Windows PC and Virtual Hotspot Router
Using the Windows utility Virtual Hotspot router you can turn an ordinary Windows PC into a router compatible with My WiFi Service.
The computer on which you installed the utility must have two network adapters: the first (LAN 1) will be connected to internet via the modem/router that provides connectivity, while the second (LAN 2) will be connected to the Access Point that spreads the WiFi signal.
The choice of the network adapters
If you want to use a desktop PC to manage the hotspot, you should use the integrated network card to connect to the Internet, while for the second network card you can opt for a PCI card or a USB Ethernet adapter (choice less powerful).
If you use a laptop, you do not need to install additional network adapters because usually all laptop computers have two network adapters: one wireless and one ethernet. In this case, the wireless network card (LAN 1) will be connected to the Internet while the Ethernet (LAN 2) must be connected to the access point.
Configuration of the network adapters and access point
The adapter connected to the Internet can be configured in either DHCP or a static IP address. In the latter case it is necessary to enter also the DNS servers in the configuration.
As for the second network card (LAN 2) we will have to set:
-IP Address: 10.182.0.1
While for the Access Point the configuration must be as follows:
-IP Address: 10.182.0.2
Installation and configuration of Virtual Hotspot Router
Virtual Hotspot Router is able to transform a PC with two network cards in a router.
The program consists of two modules: a Windows service and a configuration utility.
After downloading and installing the software, run the setup utility. On first access you will be prompted to enter the credentials of your account My WiFi Service and will see the following screen:
To complete the configuration, simply select the two network cards and click on the "Save & Apply".
After setup, and the PC restart, the Virtual Hotspot Router will start automatically. From this point on, to check the service status or make configuration changes, simply click on the icon in the Windows Tray.
Testing the Hotspot
To verify the correct operation of the hotspot, we will use a smartphone or a notebook to connect to the Wi-Fi network using the name of our location.
The procedure for accessing the hotspot is different depending on the type of device used:
- PC/Notebook: opening the browser to any web page (not https) will redirect you to the login page.
- iPhone/iPad: selecting the Wi-Fi network automatically opens the login page.
- Android: a notification appears alerting you that you are connected to a Hotspot. Clicking on the notification will redirect you to the login page.
To complete the test, create a registered user (or a prepaid ticket) on the appropriate page on the main screen of the app, and insert the username and password you just created.