The NSE provides a range of features needed for the successful deployment of wired and WiFi public access service. The following key areas are addressed by the NSE deployed on a Nomadix access gateway:
Nomadix’ patented Dynamic Address Translation
(DAT) technology provides transparent broadband network connectivity as users travel between different locations—without requiring any changes to their computer’s settings or special client-side software—ensuring that everyone gets easy access to the network.
Once connected to the public access network, Nomadix’ home page redirection feature intercepts the user’s browser settings and directs them to a web site to securely sign up for service or log in if they have a pre-existing account.
The NSE offers the unique ability to provide a 5 step service branding experience for the provider and HotSpot owner. Nomadix offers redirection opportunities pre and post authentication as well as at service disconnect for maximum service branding capability for both the service provider and the venue owner.
Depending on the network architecture and vendor, the NSE can determine the physical location of the user to personalize the service presentation and perform security or billing functions.
Web page redirection at pre and post authentication as well as at service disconnect for maximum service branding capability for both the service provider and the venue owner.
Multi-mode Authentication and Access Control
In addition to supporting the secure Browser-based Universal Access Method via SSL, Nomadix simultaneously supports Port-based Authentication using IEEE 802.1x and authentication mechanisms used for smart clients by companies such as Boingo Wireless and iPass.
The NSE also offers the ability to only allow access to a pre determined “Walled Garden” area of the web prior to authentication.
Supports a wide variety of billing models using credit cards, scratch cards or monthly subscriptions—then bill by a host of different parameters including time, volume, or bandwidth. Offers an integrated RADIUS client allowing the service operator to track or bill based upon the number of connections, location of the connection, bytes sent and received, connect time, etc.
Patented internet Network Address Translation (iNAT™) functionality that creates an intelligent mapping of IP Addresses and their associated VPN tunnels allowing multiple tunnels to be established to the same VPN server creating a seamless connection for all the users at the public access location. Nomadix also allows tracking logs to support Lawful Intercept initiatives. The NSE also provides Session Rate Limiting (SLR) and MAC filtering capabilities to significantly reduce the risks of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
Policy Based Traffic Shaping
The bandwidth management feature is part of the NSE core functionality and enables the providers to limit bandwidth usage on a per device (MAC Address/User) basis.
The NSE provides a unique RADIUS-driven auto-configuration functionality that utilizes the existing infrastructure of a provider to deliver an effortless and rapid methodology to configure devices for fast network roll-out.