TitanHQ partner, Viasat, has launched a new managed Wi-Fi service for businesses that allows them to offer their customers free, in-store Wi-Fi at an affordable price point.

The service is aimed at small and medium sized businesses that want to reap the rewards of providing free Wi-Fi to customers. Businesses that provide free Wi-Fi access can attract new customers and can benefit from customers spending longer in stores.

One of the problems for small businesses is finding a hotspot solution that is affordable. Most SMBs have to resort to setting up Wi-Fi access themselves, which can be difficult. Further, should errors be made, security could be placed in jeopardy and customers – or hackers – could potentially gain access to the business Wi-Fi network.

The Viasat Business Hotspots service makes the creation and management of Wi-Fi hotspots simple. The service can be used to set up Wi-Fi networks indoors or outdoors and has scope for customization. The login page is supplied in white label form ready to take a company’s branding.

The solution keeps the business Wi-Fi network totally separate from the guest Wi-Fi network. Two separate Wi-Fi networks are provided through a single internet connection. The business network remains secure and private and cannot be accessed by guest users, who are only permitted to access the public guest network.

Viasat Business Hotspots is an enterprise-grade hotspot solution for SMBs complete with a range of management and security features.  Businesses that sign up for the solution can manage their hotspots through the Viasat management portal where they can view the status of the Wi-Fi network and equipment, manage user access, run a wide range of reports on usage, and customize their login screens.

Viasat Business Hotspots also incorporates enterprise-grade Wi-Fi security which is powered by WebTitan – TitanHQ’s advanced web content filtering solution.

WebTitan offers businesses the option of restricting the types of content that users can access while connected to the Wi-Fi network, such stopping users from visiting inappropriate websites, sites hosting malware, and phishing websites.

Granular controls allow businesses to carefully control content and apply application controls. The solution also includes a full reporting suite, which lets businesses see exactly what sites users are accessing, giving them valuable insights into user behavior while in-store.