Timezone updates and ratable bandwidth limits in Guest Authentication


  • Fixed a number of outstanding bugs related to timezones and date functions (please read below for further details).
  • General performance enhancements.
  • New feature: 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 Details

Due to the above changes, some customers’ existing timezones are no longer supported. These were automatically migrated according to the table below. If these conversions are not appropriate for your account, please update them manually from your SputnikNet control panel.

Old New
+00 UTC
+01 Europe/London
+02 Europe/Paris
+03 Europe/Helsinki
+03.5 Europe/Helsinki
+04 Europe/Moscow
+04.5 Asia/Kabul
+05 Asia/Karachi
+05.5 Asia/Kolkata
+06 Asia/Dhaka
+07 Asia/Jakarta
+08 Asia/Hong_Kong
+09 Asia/Tokyo
+09.5 Australia/Darwin
+10 Australia/Sydney
+10.5 Australia/Lord_Howe
+11 Asia/Vladivostok
+12 Pacific/Fiji
+13 Pacific/Apia
-01 Atlantic/Cape_Verde
-02 Brazil/DeNoronha
-03 Brazil/East
-03.5 Brazil/East
-04 America/New_York
-04.5 America/New_York
-05 America/Chicago
-06 America/Denver
-07 America/Los_Angeles
-08 America/Anchorage
-09.5 Pacific/Marquesas
-10 Pacific/Honolulu
-11 Pacific/Midway
-12 Pacific/Midway
Australia/ACT Australia/Sydney
Canada/Eastern America/Toronto
Canada/Mountain America/Edmonton
Canada/Pacific America/Vancouver
Etc/GMT+1 Atlantic/Cape_Verde
Etc/GMT+10 Pacific/Honolulu
Etc/GMT+3 Brazil/East
Etc/GMT+4 America/New_York
Etc/GMT+6 America/Denver
Etc/GMT+8 America/Anchorage
Etc/GMT+9 Pacific/Gambier
Etc/GMT-10 Australia/Sydney
Etc/GMT-3 Europe/Helsinki
Etc/GMT-5 Asia/Karachi
Etc/GMT-9 Asia/Tokyo
Etc/Greenwich UTC
GB Europe/London
Greenwich UTC
Jamaica America/Jamaica
US/Arizona America/Los_Angeles
US/Central America/Chicago
US/East-Indiana America/New_York
US/Eastern America/New_York
US/Michigan America/New_York
US/Mountain America/Denver
US/Pacific America/Los_Angeles

Facebook Authentication System Updates - April-May 2015

There are some changes coming soon from Facebook that will impact your Wi-Fi networks using Facebook authentication.


Facebook is tightening the policies that control how all developers utilize their system. Facebook will phase these new policies in starting May 1, 2015. You can find more information about the changes at developers.facebook.com.

Sputnik will release an updated Facebook authentication system that complies with these guidelines during the week of April 27, 2015.

Below is an overview of the changes as we understand them, with information about how you can get ready.

Apps must be linked to Facebook Developer Accounts

Currently, Sputnik offers an app that many of our customers use for Facebook authentication.

Impact: after the changes you will no longer be able to create new authentication systems that use the Sputnik Facebook app, but will need to create and use a custom Facebook app.

Authentication systems currently using the Sputnik Facebook app will need to transition to a custom Facebook app within 90 days (July 1, 2015). You can learn more about how to create a custom Facebook app at developers.facebook.com.

Required gestures and profile requests will be deprecated

Facebook will no longer allow required likes, wall posts, email addresses and birthdates.

Impact: all required social gestures and profile requests will be switched to requested.

Pre-written wall posts will no longer be allowed

Impact: if you enable "Request Like" an optional wall post request will be made in addition to the requested like. The user will be able to write and post their own content to their wall referencing your URL.

Apps requesting user birthdate must be reviewed by Facebook

Similar to the way Apple controls their iOS ecosystem, Facebook is now requiring apps that use certain Facebook features to be submitted to a review process.

Impact: if you want to request the user's birthdate, you will need to submit your app to Facebook for review. Facebook states that the process takes approximately 5 business days.

SputnikNet Reporting Subsystem Updates

We've added a number of reports that can send information to customers periodically (e.g. hourly/daily/weekly/monthly/yearly).

  • Session operating system and browser breakdown
  • Usage report (summary number of sessions, unique clients, and bandwidth usage)
  • Detailed session report (all SputnikNet session data in given time period)

Data can be sent as HTML reports, CSV files for input into spreadsheets or data analytics, or as JSON pushed to an external post URL.

Bug fixes:

  • Session monitor window no longer overutilizes CPU
  • CRM survey potential crash fixed
  • Incoming DHCP updates accepted through firewall

Maps and Authentication System Updates


  • Replaced CloudMade maps with MapBox maps for faster page loads

PayPal Authentication System

  • Account sharing: ability to control the number of simultaneous logins per account
  • Customizable welcome email with username and password for new signups (optional recovery password can be sent to protect customer privacy)
  • Updated code to work with PayPal mobile device payments (e.g. smartphones, iPads)
  • Fixed bug that prevented users from logging in with <8 character password

Prepaid Authentication System

  • Account sharing: ability to control the number of simultaneous logins per account

Facebook Authentication System

  • Added the ability to selectively bypass a survey if access to the user’s Facebook profile is enabled

Facebook Authentication System

We’re pleased to add a new Facebook Authentication System to our growing stable of SputnikNet login methods.

Here’s how it works:

You can now create one or many Facebook Authentication Systems and add them to your captive portals. All you need to do is create a Facebook app in your account (more information about how to do this is at developers.facebook.com) and link it to SputnikNet. Then, when users connect to your Wi-Fi access point, they’ll be presented to log in with their Facebook credentials.

Sputnik’s Facebook Authentication System has tons of flexibility. Here are just some of the things you can do:

  • Have customers login to your hotspot with their Facebook ID
  • Require or request a Facebook Like (to the web page of your choice)
  • Require or request a wall post (you can have up to ten pre-written wall posts that will appear on your customer’s walls)
  • Require or request customers’ email addresses
  • Require or request customers’ birthrates
  • Award session limits based upon how much the customer agrees to share
  • Full customization of the look and feel and login text

As with all other SputnikNet Authentication Systems, you can set bandwidth up/down limits, apply network policies, and completely control the look and feel of the login process.

Best of all, as you collect customer data it is yours to do with per your customer privacy agreements. For example, you can collect email addresses for online marketing programs.

We believe SputnikNet’s Facebook Authentication is the most flexible way of using Facebook to enable customers to log into Wi-Fi. You are in complete control, with the ability to request or require the appropriate information or social gesture from your customers, and full and exclusive access to the data you generate.