Overview

With our wifi integration your members will be asked to log in with their Cobot email/password in order to go online. This way only authorized members of your space can get access.

For members with limited plans/day passes, Cobot will automatically use a day pass every time a members goes online, making them buy new time passes when they are used up.

In addition Cobot automatically track the usage/capacity of your space. You will be able to see how many people are at your space and when they come in. This allows you to optimize your plans and the number of members.

How it works

After you set up the integration between your router and Cobot, when a member goes online she sees this screen:

captive portal

After entering her Cobot email/password she can either go online or sees an error message, for example if she does not have enough day passes left (in which case she can still buy new ones on Cobot).

Members who go though the captive portal are automatically checked in on Cobot, which means you can see how many people come into your space in the analytics section.

attendance

When your member comes in the next day he does not have to log in manually again. Cobot stores his computer's MAC address (a unique number that comes with each device) and recognizes the account, checking him in automatically. Of course your members can use more than one device (i.e phones, tablets).

Setup

In order to use this feature you need one of two things:

  1. Take advantage of our partnership with cloudessa.com which allows you to use almost any router that supports a protocol called RADIUS. For more information log in to Cobot and go to Setup -> Wifi Integration.

  2. A hardware router that runs a software called PFSense.

For example, if you already have a modem that connects to your internet provider and a box that provides Wifi, you would put the PFsense device between those two.

A PFsense router can be bought in Europe at Varia, or at netgate in the U.S., for example.

After you have set up your router log into its web interface and follow the instructions for installing the Cobot captive portal update.