Facebook WiFi

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by DaliaSpring, Jun 28, 2021.

  1. DaliaSpring

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    Fb say it allows more people to find our business, gives secure access without sharing passwords, gets insights on visitors.

    I'm not clear if you would need a facebook account in order to access WiFi but I would assume so.

    Anyone have experience of implementing or using this?
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: DaliaSpring Member since: Jan 4, 2021
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  2. intheTRADE

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    Yes your customers need a facebook account as they access the wifi by 'checking in' to your facebook business page onsite
     
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    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: intheTRADE Member since: Apr 14, 2019
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  3. Alcom IT

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    The WiFi access points (WiFi transmitters) we sell integrate with Facebook to allow people to use their FB accounts to check in. Check with your access points to see if they have this feature yet.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: Alcom IT Member since: Jan 27, 2021
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  4. fisicx

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    Does anyone really do this?
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  5. intheTRADE

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    I know people in my local do. I've not had facebook for around 4 years now so its not something I've ever done
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: intheTRADE Member since: Apr 14, 2019
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  6. fisicx

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    Does it mean I have to be in your shop, see the free WiFi thing then visit your FB business page?

    If so it all seems pretty pointless. Why would I want to visit your FB page when I’m actually in your shop?
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  7. intheTRADE

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    With premises using Facebook Wifi (such as my local pub) yes the user has to 'check in' to the businesses facebook page to access the free wifi

    Other places use a more generic free wifi (the The Cloud Wifi) option where the user can choose to login to the free wifi by their facebook (no business page check in), gmail, twitter or simply creating a free account wit their email and a password

    I advised my local against using the Facebook Wifi option as it would alienate a huge proportion of customers considering is a social club.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: intheTRADE Member since: Apr 14, 2019
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  8. DaliaSpring

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    Thank you. I think we'll give this a miss then.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: DaliaSpring Member since: Jan 4, 2021
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  9. WaveJumper

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    Do people really log into free wifi spots these days with the amount of data you can get with you phone contract I would have thought the idea was dead and buried
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  10. fisicx

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    Was in a place that used thecloud last week. Gave up and just used 4G, was a lot faster than the throttled bandwidth on the free WiFi.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  11. intheTRADE

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    The Cloud is awful to be fair. I just use my mobile 4G pretty much everywhere now because my network provider gives me something stupid like 80g per month which I never even make a dent in
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: intheTRADE Member since: Apr 14, 2019
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  12. intheTRADE

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    Take a look at www.beambox.com or www.stampede.ai - both are way better than the Facebook Wifi rubbish
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: intheTRADE Member since: Apr 14, 2019
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  13. Paul Kelly ICHYB

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    Yes. You assume that the phone can connect to signal in all places e.g. in shopping centres, underground, hospitals etc.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: Paul Kelly ICHYB Member since: Jan 21, 2008
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  14. WaveJumper

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    :) yes, I’ll give you the underground, although personally I always found it nice to be un-contactable for a period of time (not everyone’s cup of tea I know) regarding Shopping Centre’s we used to spend a lot time working with the telecoms companies to increase the availability of getting customers connect to their services, when you got 50,000 plus people in a building it was obviously hard to get a signal so you would find a lot of (for the want of a better description) “booster box’s” around the centre helping to coupe with a greater demand.

    Yes, landlords also installed their own Wi-Fi, but this was normally at the bequest of the marketing departments who I am sure probably revelled in the data they used to collect.
     
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  15. forevergroup

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    Cisco Meraki will provide native login integration with Facebook WiFi, however the bigger problem you’re going to have is that you’re essentially only allowing Facebook users to connect to your guest WiFi which is a fairly exclusive decision to make.

    Probably makes more sense for student environments (for example) where the proportion of Facebook users we would expect to be high…

    …or if you’re a business that is particularly reliant on marketing via Facebook or Facebook ads.

    You’ll have a better experience using something like our Purple WiFi solution as a guest WiFi portal.

    These kinds of solutions allow users to log in via numerous methods such as a social media login or a standard contact form, but they can also potentially capture data (where possible) for remarketing purposes.

    Let’s say for example, a pub wants to provide free WiFi, but then email those users to invite them back with a 2 for 1 meal voucher.

    You get the idea.
     
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    Posted: Jun 28, 2021 By: forevergroup Member since: Sep 12, 2020
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  16. Ozzy

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    A lot of people do, especially younger generation.

    I see this only really working for businesses that are reliant on Instagram/Facebook for marketing, and I get this is a small thing from Facebook to combat the Apple OS changes too. I see this only working for venues where the visitor is on site for a reasonable period of time, and very visual or community focused.
     
    Posted: Jun 29, 2021 By: Ozzy Member since: Feb 9, 2003
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