Sputnik Merges with Lokket

Dear Sputnik Partner,

Over the past decade we've seen tremendous growth of public Wi-Fi networks. At Sputnik, we're proud to have pioneered cloud-managed guest Wi-Fi, powering more than 60,000 hotspots in over one hundred countries, and authenticating nearly half a billion sessions.

We believe that the next significant wave of innovation in guest Wi-Fi will enable retailers and other venues to connect with customers, build one-to-one relationships and ultimately drive transactions.

To accelerate our progress, we're pleased to announce that we have completed a merger with Lokket, Pty. Ltd. of Sydney, Australia, a company that has been our customer for the past several years. What follows is more information about the merger and our direction going forward.

Q. How does this affect me?

In the short term, nothing changes—we'll continue to offer SputnikNet, with some significant upgrades on deck.

In the near future we'll add more flexible Wi-Fi login options, rich analytics and customer engagement features.

Q. Why did Sputnik merge with Lokket?

First, shared vision: we both believe that the most exciting growth in public Wi-Fi will happen at the customer engagement layer. Our shared goal is to convert Wi-Fi connections to ringing at the cash register.

Second, complementary technology: Sputnik brings Wi-Fi device management, captive portal authentication and session management to the table. Lokket adds retail deployment expertise, customer analytics and programatic marketing (e.g. digital coupons, location-aware promos). Together we can offer a full-stack solution for location-aware customer engagement and transactions.

Q. What is the new company called? Where located? Who are key personnel?

We're renaming Sputnik to Lokket, Inc., a U.S. company with an Australian subsidiary, Lokket Pty. Ltd.

U.S. headquarters will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Australian operations will be driven out of Sydney.

David LaDuke, founder and CEO of Sputnik, will be CEO. Yiorgos "George" Kaloudis, founder and CEO of Lokket, will be CTO. He is relocating to San Francisco.

Q. How can I stay posted on new developments from Sputnik—I mean, Lokket?

No worries, mate, we're still getting used to the name change (and how to speak Australian). Please check out this information on our Lokket site. (We'll be merging the sites in the near future.) Or follow us on on your favorite social media.

We appreciate your support, and look forward to continued growth and innovation in Wi-Fi, and beyond.

Sincerely yours,


David LaDuke
CEO, Lokket, Inc.

Announcing Sputnik-Powered Ubiquiti Unifi AC Long Range

Customers love Ubiquiti access points. Sputnik-powered firmware and SputnikNet service turns them into cloud-managed, access-controlled Internet gateways ideal for hotspot networks.

We just added the Ubiquiti Unifi AC Long-Range Wi-Fi device to our lineup. This unobtrusive smoke-detector style device packs enormous Wi-Fi AC power into a small, affordable form factor. At $149.95 the device is comparable to Wi-Fi routers costing many times that much.

As with all devices sold by Sputnik, we pre-flash them with Sputnik-Powered DD-WRT firmware, purchase DD-WRT Professional Activation (a €20 value), pre-provision it to your SputnikNet account. We also run the router through a hands-on test cycle to ensure it operates properly in your account.

That means all you need to do is plug it into Internet and you have a cloud-managed captive-portal Wi-Fi hotspot.

To celebrate we lowered the price of the Sputnik-Powered Ubiquiti Unifi Long-Range to $119.95. This device is great for slightly smaller networks where Wi-Fi AC isn't needed.

PayPal Authentication System updates and bug fixes

It's the shortest day of the year, and we pushed out some bug fixes before 2016. Here's the changelog:

PayPal Authentication System
  • PayPal authentication process no longer generates superfluous DNS requests
  • Optional customer-requested email address now overrides default PayPal account email
  • Old admin-created accounts work properly
  • Admin-created accounts that don't include an active PayPal product work properly
  • User limits are correctly enforced if allow duplicate logins is checked
Miscellaneous Fixes
  • Session Monitor Window properly displays all types of client sessions
  • Session accounting works on all supported customer-provisioned routers
  • Intermittent CRM (customer survey) display error fixed
  • Session search field works properly in MANAGE > Sessions
  • User Authentication System properly displays group membership checkboxes
  • Device Authentication System displays all registered MAC addresses

SputnikNet Updates: Guest Authentication and Time Zone Support

Here are the latest SputnikNet updates.

Guest Authentication System
  • Guest Authentication now offers ratable (periodic) bandwidth limits; you can limit accounts to a defined amount of bandwidth per day (or any other time interval). In any Guest Authentication System, see Settings > Limits: Bandwidth Limit.
Timezone Updates
  • We rewrote the underlying timezone support system. Please see our changelog for details.

Facebook Authentication System Updates

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We've made some changes to the Facebook authentication system to reflect policy updates at Facebook.

Please review our changelog for specific information.