Wireless disturbance liability abolished in Germany
With the current passing of the third law regarding a change in the Telemedia Act the German Bundestag decided to eliminate the disturbance liability. Wireless hotspots can now be offered without fear of getting charged by the law.
Comprehensive protection from indemnification and default charges
The changed legal situation protects providers of public wireless hotspots comprehensively from indemnification and default charges. Until now they could have been charged, if a guest used the free WiFi, for example, for illegal downloads committing copyright infringement. Now Germany has finally caught up with other European countries, since WiFi is the most common media used for communication.
Offering wireless LAN for guests
The wireless guest access or FRITZ!Hotspot has been one of the most popular FRITZ!Box functions for years. Users can provide their guests with a wireless network that is separated from their own network. For this, the FRITZ!Box establishes an additional wireless network with separate security settings for guests. However, the guest cannot access the devices in the home network of the owner or the user interface of his FRITZ!Box. The private hotspot is also available in locations where FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters or powerline devices supporting WiFi provide for better coverage.
Individual welcome page
Another service function is the captive portal of the FRITZ!Hotspot With a preview information page providers of a public hotspot can greet their customers with an individually designed welcome page (text and logo). Plus, the FRITZ!Box can send providers of a hotspot daily e-mails to notify them which devices logged into the wireless network and when.
Another convenient feature of the FRITZ!Hotspot is the bandwidth reservation. It enables hotspot providers to specify how much of the data rate is reserved for their own WiFi and how much is available to their guests. They can also view the capacity used by the guest network in the online monitor.
FRITZ!Hotspot is secure from the start
According to the new legislation it is possible to establish port locks to prevent repeated statutory violations. This can be configured (depending on the requests of the right-holder) via the parental controls function of the FRITZ!Box. In the default settings only the ports necessary for surfing or mailing via the FRITZ!Hotspot or guest access are open from the start. So, normally the user does not have to do a thing.