Well, my FON router finally arrived today. In cause you haven’t heard, FON is a shared WiFi service. Basicially, if you share your Internet over WiFi, then you can access the thousands of other community-operated FON hotspots too. You can also pay for the service if you don’t want to share or even make money from your hotspot with their different profile choices. FON is rapidly becoming popular, particularly in big cities.
According to the USPS tracking website, the router was delivered yesterday but no one here recieved it. Today I discovered it under a pile of leaves in the street gutter 10 feet from my mailbox. This is a reason why I always prefer FedEx, but anyway…
Hooking up the FON router was painless. I easily was able to get it all setup in about 5 minutes. I think that I may have the only FON hotspot in my town at the moment. Nevertheless, I like participating in the concept and if I ever travel I just might be able to connect to a shared FON hotspot somewhere.
A feature I discovered while looking through the control panel on my FON router is the ability to setup “Local Users”, so friends and visitors could make use of my FON hotspot even if they don’t have a FON account. This is great feature. Until today, if a friend came over with their laptop, I had to type in my personal network’s security key on their machine, add their MAC address to my router’s allow list, and so on before they could surf. Now, I can just give them a simple login name and password and its totally isolated from my personal LAN. That alone makes the router worth its cheap price of $33 shipped.
If you’re interested in the idea of sharing WiFi, FON is still offering a limited time promotion selling FON-ready routers for $25 plus $8 shipping, which you can buy on FON’s website. I’d recommend checking it out.