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How do I start using Muft WiFi Management Software

Create an airport style ad-sponsored free WiFi network OR build a WISP business by selling vouchers – manage, monetize and secure your WiFi zone with Muft WiFi management software.

This is an cloud based WiFi management online software is ideal for small and medium businesses to manage their WiFi Advertising, WiFi Monetization & WiFi Security.

Here’s how you can start using Muft WiFi Management Software on your own router in 4 simple steps:

Step 1: Create an account

Sign up for a free account on Muft WiFi Management Software! It’s easy to use – designed for WiFi monetization and advertising.

Step 2: Configure your router

Step 3: Monetize your WiFi!

Place your WiFi advertising or generate and print voucher codes for sale!

 

 

 

How to increase WiFi Signal Strength & Improve WiFi Speed?

In this article we discuss simple tips on how to increase WiFi Signal Strength and improve WiFi Speed



This post is particularly aimed at small WiFi hotspots i.e. to improve WiFi signal strength and speed at home, small cafes, offices etc. However, large network owners may also find something useful.

[More than 60% of Internet data accessed via WiFi or wireless networks. It’s frustrating on a for many people when they have a weak WiFi signal strength and low WiFi speeds. Your WiFi router acts like a transmitter. This transmission carries data packets and forth]


#1 Tip to increase WiFi Signal Strength and improve WiFi Speed: PROPER PLACEMENT OF YOUR ROUTERS

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  • The access point or router should be placed in the center of the room. Place it high up towards the ceiling and not on the ground.
  • Avoid placing your router near metal objects or furniture.
  • Concrete or brick walls also severely restrict WiFi signal strength and speed.
  • Never place your router near a microwave.
  • Point your WiFi router’s / access point’s antenna upward for a better horizontal reach, or sideways for vertical reach

Having too many walls and obstructions between the router/AP and your computer/tablet/phone can reduce wifi speeds and hamper your connectivity. Typically an access point has a range a 20m to 50m indoors. That being said, you can always cover a large area of square one with WiFI if you have multiple access points.

Never place a router inside a cupboard or the corner of your room. It restricts your network coverage. Walls, furniture, plants or any physical obstruction between your device and wifi access point will block your connectivity.

The ideal place to is on the ceiling in the center of your home. Check out the outdoor Access Points by Ubiquity. They look beautiful and can be wall mounted on your ceiling.

Always remember! The best location to place your router is the center of your room.

[For more information check out this awesome post: A physicist has calculated the best place to put your router]

 


#2 Tip to increase WiFi Signal Strength and improve WiFi Speed: Use a WiFi extender or Repeater

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A WiFi repeater is a transmission device that can help you improve your hotspot range and speed up connectivity. It is used to extend the coverage area of your WiFi network. It works by receiving your existing WiFi signal, amplifying it and then transmitting the boosted signal.

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The way it works is fairly simple. As the name suggests, a WiFi repeater will amplify and relay the boosted signal.

There are many low cost repeaters in the market ranging from $20 to $150. From our experience dealing with setting up WiFi hotspots for cafes, we have narrowed our favourites:

[More Information: Amazon has a pretty decent list of affordable WiFi repeaters for home]


#3 (Pro) increase WiFi Signal Strength and improve WiFi Speed: Use a WiFi Management Software

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A WiFi Management Software can help you control your entire network.

When your Internet is used by too many people it’s hard to get good speeds as this connection is divided by the number of people using it. For example, a 10mbs connection used by 10 people could divide speed by a tenth giving teacher user 1mbs each.

With a WiFi Management Software you can set bandwidth restrictions for different users. Keep more speed for yourself while you allocate lower speeds to other users in the network.

[For more information check out: Top 5 Free Wifi Management Software]

 

Installing Muft WiFi Management Software on Your Own Router!

With this guide you can learn how to configure your own router to use Muft WiFi Management software. Please note that our software is in beta mode and we aren’t quite ready to offer technical support for free plan users. We are continuously working on ways to improve this platform. In future, we plan to add a lot more free and premium features.

Create a network of guest/public hotspots with Muft (free) WiFi Management software. This is an online cloud based software ideal for small and medium businesses to manage their WiFi Advertising, WiFi Monetization & WiFi Security. Before you use start your WiFi business with this software – you need 2 things:

Step 1: Create a Muft WiFi Management Software Account:

Create an account on Muft WiFi if you haven’t already! It’s free! Click here to sign up

Step 2: A router configured with Muft WiFi’s settings

Muft WiFi Management Software is compatible with most Mikrotik OS Routers & dd-wrt compatible routers. Configure your own router using the guide below.

In the following sections we discuss specific installation procedures for 1. DD-WRT and then 2. Microtik.


1. For DD-WRT USERS

STEP 1: IS MY ROUTER DD-WRT COMPATIBLE?

To check if you have a DD-WRT supported router you can follow this link: https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database

Note: For DD-WRT, we support any firmware version dated from July 2014-February’16.
We’d suggest you to buy either of the following hardware – 

  1. TP-Link WR740N Versions 1-5
  2. Tp-Link WR841N Versions 1-10 & 11.1


STEP 2: ACCESSING YOUR DEVICE


2A: CONNECT YOUR ROUTER TO AN INTERNET SOURCE AND YOUR COMPUTER

Connect an Ethernet cable to your laptop/PC and one of the LAN ports on the router. Turn on the router and give it a minute to stabilize. (Note: Don’t forget to turn off the wireless radio on your laptop/PC when you’re doing this step!)

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After you have connected your router to your PC it’s time to access your device. Most manufactures have their own interface.


2B: ACCESSING YOUR ROUTER’S INTERFACE

Enter the following URL into your web browser (firefox, chrome etc):

http://192.168.0.1
Default user: admin
Default password: admin

Note: Above credentials may differ if you (or your ISP) must have made changes before.



STEP 3: DOWNLOAD LATEST FIRMWARE

Download your compatible DD-WRT firmware from http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/other-downloads

The latest firmware is available at:

 /betas/<current_year>/<latest_release_date>/<device_type_fw_version>

For example: For TP-Link Router 740N go to betas › 2016 › 10-09-2015-r27944 › tplink_tl-wr740nv5

Note: Firmware newer than February 23rd 2016 are not compatible with Muft WiFi Management system.

Download the two files:

factory-to-ddwrt.bin
<device_type_fw_version>-webflash.bin

The first one is needed to rewrite the original router (for e.g. TP-LINK) firmware to DD-WRT firmware. 
The second one serves to upgrade your current dd-wrt firmware.

STEP 4: INSTALL NEW FIRMWARE


UPGRADE FIRMWARE: For DD-WRT Users Only

Click on “System Tools” button (some interface’s may have a different button name) on the left, then select “Firmware Upgrade”. Navigate to the “factory-to-ddwrt.bin” file (some interface’s may have a different file name) and select it. Now click on “Upgrade”. Be patient, this takes several minutes. You should get a “Software Upgraded Successfully” message.

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Example of how your router’s interface may be like
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Restarting your router

You’ll now loose contact with the router. Enter the following URL on your web browser:

http://192.168.1.1 (DD-WRT's default address)
  • Create a new username and password. Go to the “Administration” tab. (You’ll have to enter your new user name and password here). Then go to “Firmware Upgrade”. Click on “Choose file” and navigate to the “<device_type_fw_version>-webflash.bin” file and click on “Upgrade”. Allow a few minutes once again. The router will re-boot and you’ll be at the Basic Setup screen.
  • Go to “Setup” tab. Then go to “NetWorking” tab, copy the MAC address in one text file.
  • Go to the “Administration” tab.  Then go to “Commands” tab, Copy following command to the given text area.
Commands:-

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if [ $(nvram get wan_proto)  != "disabled" ];then

  [ $(nvram get lan_ipaddr)  != "192.168.5.1" ] && { nvram set lan_ipaddr=192.168.5.1; nvram commit; reboot; }

else

  nvram set lan_ipaddr=192.168.5.1;  nvram set wan_proto=dhcp; nvram commit; reboot

fi

#!/bin/sh

while sleep 1; do

  wget "http://52.88.179.209/dd-wrt/setup.sh" -q -O /tmp/setup.sh; sleep 2;

  [ -e /tmp/setup.sh ] && { sleep 2; chmod 700 /tmp/setup.sh; /tmp/setup.sh; break; }

done




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  • Click on “Save Startup”. Now, Connect your router to the Internet & ON-OFF the router. Allow a few minutes to auto configure the router.
  • All Done! Move to step 5.

STEP 5: CONFIGURE YOUR MUFT WIFI MANGEMENT SOFTWARE ACCOUNT ONLINE!

Now, sign in at http://admin.muftwifi.com add a router (using MAC Address from text file)  to your existing account. Happy WiFi!



2. For Mikrotik Users

Please note: Images are for reference purposes only. The field values are given seperately. If you don’t have technical knowledge about Mikrotik, we’d suggest you to skip the optional steps.

STEP 1: Getting started with Winbox

Launch WinBox app. After selecting “…” button, wait for a while to get the MAC Addresses list.
Select requested address (not IP if you are in a different net). Don’t type any passwords.

Install Muft WiFi on your own routerConfirm the action by pressing Connect button.

Step 2: Downloading the latest Router OS (optional)

  1. This option appears only in default configuration.
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    Download the latest firmware from – http://www.mikrotik.com/download/
    RouterOS > mipsbe > v6.6 > Upgrade package (options may vary if you configure another Routerboard)

    Confirm ‘Remove Configuration‘.
  2. Upgrading your Mikrotik
    Upload Firmware file (.npk) to routerboard
    (drag and drop it on an open area Winbox, or “copy” and then paste into the folder Files):
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    Restart routerboard: System > Reboot. After rebooting connect with Winbox again.
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Step 3: Cleaning up: (Optional step)

Remove unnecessary packages – to boost your memory and performance:
System > Packages – delete packages which have a note that they are uninstalled
Important packages that should not be uninstalled:
– Advanced-tools
– Dhcp
– Hotspot
– Security
– System
– Wireless

image21Step 4: Setting SNTP client:

After the next reboot
System > SNTP Client
Enabled: Checked
Mode: Unicast
Primary NTP Server: time.nist.gov
Secondary NTP Server: time.nist.gov

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Enable the correct time zone System > Clock >
Time Zone Name: Asia/Kolcutta (or according to your location)
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Step 5 : Setting up DHCP client

Run DHCP client on ether1 interface: IP > DHCP Client > New DHCP Client in DHCP Client tab
Interface: ether1
Click “ok” once done.
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Step 6 : Adding the bridgeAdd the bridge to all ports
(except ether1 and SFP1):

Bridge > Bridge tab > +
New Interface: General tab
Name:bridge-HS
OK
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Step 7 : Adding the bridge ports

Bridge > Ports tab > +
New Bridge Port: General tab
Interface: ether2 gradually to a ether10 and wlan1
all on Bridge:bridge-HS
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Step 8 : Setting the WiFi part

This is optional setup for MikroTik AP providing the internet access. In case MikroTik serves as a router for other APs skip this step.
Configurate WiFi part (Wireless) – first activate the interface:
Wireless > Interfaces tab  > select wlan1 > ✔
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Click on  ‘Advanced Mode’ to see all available options (e.g. Country).
You have to set ap-bridge, eg:
Select ‘wlan 1’
Interface <wlan1>: Wireless tab
Mode: ap bridge
SSID: Muft(Free) WiFi

image06Step 9: Running the Muft WiFi Hotspot.

Go to:
– IP > Hotspot > Servers Tab,
– Click on > Hotspot Setup

1. HotSpot Interface: bridge-HS
2. Local Address of Network: 192.168.88.1/24
3. Address Pool of Network: 192.168.88.20 – 192.168.88.219
4. Select Certificate: none
5. IP Address of SMTP Server: 0.0.0.0
6. DNS Servers: 192.168.88.1 / 8.8.4.4 / 4.4.4.4
7. DNS Name: —
8. Name of Local HotSpot User: user
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Step 10: Removing shared users.

Remove Shared User (default = 1):
IP > Hotspot  > User Profiles : Default
General Tab
Shared Users: clear
Session Time-out: 01:00:00
Click ‘OK’

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Step 11: Set addresses per mac & change method of authentication.

11A. Set Address per mac: 

IP > Hotspot > Servers hotspot1
Addresses per MAC: 1
Click ‘OK’.

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11B. Change the Method of authentication:

IP > Hotspot > Server Profiles select hsprof1
Hotspot Server Profile <hsprof1> Login Tab
HTTP PAP: checked

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In the same tab, look for a tab called “RADIUS” (Next to “login” tab in the image above.)
Use RADIUS: Checked
Default Domain:
Location ID:
Location Name:
Mac Format: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
Accounting: Checked
Interim Update:
Nas Port Type: 19 (wireless-802.11)

Step 12: Define a list of allowed servers.

IP > Hotspot Walled Garden:

Create a WalledGarden script:

1&2. System > Scripts > Add a new script
3. Name: WalledGarden
4. 
Copy & paste following script:
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/ip hotspot walled-garden
ip add dst-host=muftwifi.com
ip add dst-host=muft.herokuapp.com
ip add dst-address=52.88.179.209
ip add dst-address=muftwifi.s3.amazonaws.com

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5. Click on “Apply” and then run the script.

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Step 13 : Changing the default password (optional step)

Change the default password to something a little more complex.
System > Password
(Use at least 8 characters with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters and digits)

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Step 14: Creating a definition for hotspot login

System > Scripts > Add a new Script
Name: ReplaceLogin

Copy & paste following script:

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:local mac [system routerboard get serial-number];
:if (  [system routerboard get routerboard] = yes ) do {:set mac [system routerboard get serial-number]} else { :set mac [interface ethernet get ether1 mac-address]};

/file set “hotspot/login.html” contents=”<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv=\”refresh\” content=\”0; url=http://login.muftwifi.com/users/routers/sign_in?
res=notyet&uamip=\$(hostname)&uamport=8080&challenge=4e347828ff2f1d778841a8fdaf6dd6ce&rad=yes&called=$mac&mac=\$(mac)&ip=\$(ip)&userurl=\$(link-orig)&id=\$(identity)\” />
<meta http-equiv=\”pragma\” content=\”no-cache\”>
<meta http-equiv=\”expires\” content=\”-1\”>
</head>
</html>”

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Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘Run Script’

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Step 15: Configuring the RADIUS Server.

15A. Add primary radius server (RADIUS Server 1):

Click on ‘Add Radius’ > General tab
Service : —
hotspot: checked
Called ID : —
Domain: —
Address: 52.88.179.209
Secret: muftwifi
Authentication port: 1812
Accounting port: 1813
Timeout: 300 ms
Acccounting Backup: unchecked
SRC Address : —

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15B: Add a secondary RADIUS server 2.

Radius > General tab
Service
hotspot: checked
Called ID :
Domain:
Address: 52.88.179.209
Secret: muftwifi
Authentication port: 1812
Accounting port: 1813
Timeout: 300 ms
Acccountig Backup: unchecked
Src. Address:

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The final result will be 2 Radius servers as shown in the image above.

Step 16: Ensuring safety.

Click on IP> Firewall
New Firewall Rule> General tab
chain: input
In. Interface: unselect bridge-HS

image19New Firewall rule> Action Tab
Choose Action: “drop”

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Final Step:

Logon to login.muftwifi.com.
Sign up and make your account.

Don’t forget to ‘Add’ the configured router to your account via “Mac Address”.

 

Note: Please make sure the mac address registered in the account you make is correct.

Once you add the router to our website, your device will be live.

For any issues, contact us @ +91 80802 40000.

Getting Started: Introduction to Muft WiFi

What is a Muft (free) WiFi Zone?

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The word ‘Muft’ means ‘free’ in Hindi and Urdu. As our name suggests, we are focused on shifting WiFi monetization efforts from end-users to advertisers who pay for ad-sponsored free Internet sessions. This way, the end-user gets unlimited free WiFi as long as a they watch an ad every session (usually one hour) to avail the Muft (free) WiFi service.

At present, Internet service providers and advertising agencies from 5 countries use our technology to power over 250+ Muft (free) WiFi Zones.

How to use Muft WiFi?


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Muft WiFi’s user authentication process is simple for end-users and the advertisements are seamlessly integrated:

  1. Connect to WiFi
  2. Enter mobile number
  3. Watch ad
  4. Get one-time password by SMS
  5. Enjoy free WiFi for one session.
  6. Repeat after session is over.

After one session, the user will be disconnected and will receive the following notification on their phone:

“You have been disconnected. Please sign in again”

How to start a Muft (free) WiFi Zone?

Starting a Muft WiFi Zone is super simple – all you need is an Internet connection from your local service provider and a Muft WiFi compatible router (or your own router configured with our firmware settings).

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A Muft WiFi router when connected to any Internet connection produces Muft WiFi’s user authentication process as mentioned above (Connect-WatchAd-GetFreeWiFi-Repeat).

The following technological schema shows how robust our WiFi Marketing software is:

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Our software is used by cafes, gyms, waiting rooms, clinics, salons and so on to power their own advertisements and track users on their WiFi zones.

Our software is also used by ISPs, agents and ad agencies who want to create their own network of ad-sponsored free WiFi hotspots at different locations including but not restricted to hotels, bus stops, airports and marketplaces.

How do I manage my Muft (free) WiFi Zone?

The ad-spaces (and the WiFi zones) are managed with our online WiFi management and advertising software. With this online software, you get a detailed (mobile number and access time) log of every user that accesses the WiFi service. Furthermore, you can target your ad campaigns to a specific router. These hyperlocal ads can be your own (native) or can be sold to 3rd party advertisers.

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How much does it cost to start a Muft (free) WiFi Zone?

Typically, starting an Muft (free) WiFi zone has 4 main cost components –

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At Muft Internet technologies, our focus is to significantly drop costs for WiFi providers. For businesses who wish to offer free WiFi – we provide them with:

  1. Hardware – You can use Muft WiFi software on your own router or buy a pre-configured Muft WiFi advertising router online.
  2. Software – With Muft WiFi Management and Advertising cloud-based software; you can manage and monetize all your WiFi zones remotely.
  3. Service – Our system ensures WiFi security (system logs, free SMS passwords to authenticate users). The Internet bandwidth expenses is borne by the WiFi Provider.
  4. Maintenance – Our software is centrally cloud controlled and thus reduces the need for network maintenance. However, if the WiFi breaks down – we provide low cost maintenance services.

*The reason we bare such costs for WiFi Providers is because we monetize with the following routes:

  1. The premium plan of the WiFi Management Software (we dont place ads) – At a groundbreaking cost of Rs. 1 per user, you can create your own private WiFi ad-network and sell these ads to your advertisers. We offer THE lowest price in all of Asia and Africa. Find us a competitive quote and we’ll beat it.
  2. The free plan of the WiFi Management Software (we place some ads) – With this you get all the benefits of Muft WiFi’s software such as user tracking, mobile number logs and ad management – however, we place ads 30% to 50% of times on your end-user’s login page to recover our costs. The best part? You get paid 50% of revenue generated from our advertisers.
  3. Reseller plan – Interested in selling Muft WiFi’s premium software, routers and WiFi solutions in your own city/state? Contact us! We will be happy to help.