[isf-wifidog] Adding fields to Generic Object Editor

Robin Jones Robin at networkfusion.co.uk
Mar 30 Sep 20:35:32 EDT 2008

Present mode of operation:


Welcome to BT or any other Utility company for that matter J



Improved mode of operation:


It sounds like a good Idea to me... Maybe as an extension to the User Profiles Template (although this is still one area I am still trying to get my head around!), but instead, Network/Node Profile templates. This would allow customisation for any situation.





From: wifidog-bounces at listes.ilesansfil.org [mailto:wifidog-bounces at listes.ilesansfil.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Schallenberg
Sent: 01 October 2008 01:24
To: WiFiDog Captive Portal; Operations d'Ile sans Fil
Subject: [isf-wifidog] Adding fields to Generic Object Editor


I wrote this back in January 2007, but never got any feedback:

This is a suggestion to simplify the task of installing and maintaining hotspots.


Present mode of operation:


After installing a router, the installer fills out the Generic Object Editor with  publically-available information about the access point - address, public phone number, web page, lat/long, etc. This ensures that the public information and the green icon shows up on the map and the list. 


Later, if he is diligent (and all our installers are diligent) the installer adds the new hotspot to Bruno Rémy's private operations database on the tiki wiki. This involves copying/pasting the public information from the Generic Object Editor over to the corresponding fields in the Operations database. Major hassle. Then he completes the private information such as contact emails and telephone numbers, router placement, billing date, and if available, attaches graphics files for schematic diagrams and antenna coverage. 


Improved mode of operation:


The installer fills in both public and private information on one or more forms on the Generic Object Editor. The private information would only be displayed for persons with appropriate access, while the public information would be displayed as it is today. Graphic files could be added just as they are today for the portal page, but only displayed for the annointed few. 


The big advantage is that the installer only needs to access one database at installation time. And the maintenance person need only access that one database, as well, to access, add to or correct the information.

So, I am asking again - would it be possible to add one or more text fields to the GOE, to record private information like hotspot owner's name and email, installation details, billing status, etc?

Bruno Remy's database on the wiki was great (but I don't have access to it), and Richard Lussier's adaptation of Sugar CRM is even better (but it is tits-up just now). But they both have the disadvantage of having to access multiple online databases, and copy/paste between them. Why not add some fields to the GOE, and do all the record-keeping in one place?
- Jeff

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