Friday, September 22, 2006

Social WiFi Networks

by Tamir Levin
published September 19, 2006 is an intriguing, and apparently growing in popularity, concept and commercial solution in building community-based public wifi networks. Basically, FON enables your WiFi access point to securely share your connection with other FON users. They share, you share. This means that you give up a little bandwidth on your box, but gain a world (literally) of free access points.

What makes it even more intriguing is the release of a new FON access point, called LaFonera, that provides 2 built-in networks and neatly supports the FON community concept. (sells for $14 including shipping, but read the fine print!).

You can watch the LaFonera launch video or read their blog.
The web site isn’t quite exceptional – but the concept may just be!



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