What is are the Zones

Explains what are the Zones and how to use them

Zones are used to group the Access Points together and set the experience and connection policies which will be applied to users when they are connecting to your WiFi. 

Zones may use Captive Portals (for your guests) and may not use Captive Portals (for your staff and devices such as EPOS terminals).

Zones using Captive Portals (Captive Portal Zones) can have Splash Pages and optional password as an access method. Non-Captive Portal Zones can only have the password as an access method.

Every zone needs to be connected to a Network in order that Access Points connected to that Zone can receive the technical settings such as the names of the WiFi network (SSID), security policies, content filtering and other settings.

Captive Portal Zones also require being connected to a Captive Portal as this is where guest login experience is being set.

You can think about Zone as an entity which sits between Access Points, Networks and Captive portal connecting them together.

You can also think about Zones as an entity which enables you to segment your Networks and provide different login experience to your WiFi users depending on where they are in your venue(es).

Another important property of the Zone is the TimeZone of the zone. You can specify the TimeZone of the Zone when creating it. This information is used to activate various policies (for example to set when to disable logins), it is also used to align your reports correctly making sure we display usage information in relation to the local time in your locations where Amplespot WiFi is installed.

Usage Examples

Example 1

Create a network with SSID broadcast "FREE WiFi" for guests of your hotel to use and create four Zones - "Reception", "Spa", "Restaurant" and "Rooms". You can then separately manage WiFi login experience for your clients who are connecting to WiFi in each of Zones even tho they are connecting to the same network and can roam freely throughout the hotel without having to re-login.

In this example, clients connecting to WiFi in the rooms may be displayed a promotion or images of food being served in the restaurant, clients connecting in the restaurant may be given a voucher for a spa visit.

Example 2

Create one network to cover all 50 branches in your restaurant chain - so customers will automatically connect to your WiFi when they revisit any of your branches. Splitting this large network into Zones, one zone per restaurant enables you to run different offers and promotional campaigns in individual branch or in a group of branches.