How Subscribers Use a Residential Portal

A residential portal is a Web application designed for use by individual subscribers who use their own computer to connect to the network, or households composed of multiple subscribers who use one or more computers and share the same network connection. The portal can be the single access point for subscribers to log in to the Internet. In addition to Internet access, a residential portal lets users manage subscriptions to services that supplement their basic Internet access package.

Residential portals can be used in wire-line, wireless, and roaming wireless environments:

In each of these scenarios, the subscriber’s experience is similar:

  1. The subscriber connects to and logs in to an access point.
  2. Based on the login, the subscriber’s user profile is retrieved, and services are started on the router.
  3. The subscriber’s Web browser is redirected to a home or start page for the residential portal.
  4. After logging in to the portal, subscribers can manage the services available from the provider.