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WiFi sharing service gains new Linux routers

Apr 23, 2009, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Like the original Fonera, and the newer Fonera+, the Fonera 2.0 router offers a standard private WiFi signal, but then provides a smaller amount of bandwidth for public use that can be shared by fellow Fonera users, or "Foneros." All Foneros can share each others' excess bandwidth for free, without monthly charges, and the routers can even be set up to share local and networked files with authenticated users, says Fon.

""Aliens" who don't own a Fonera can purchase a Fon access pass, and Foneros can choose to earn 50 percent of revenues generated when an alien buys an access pass through their Fon hotspot. Fon calls those users who share their WiFi freely "Linus Foneros" while the ones who choose to make money are called, of course, "Bill Foneros."

"Like the Fonera+, the Fonera 2.0 measures 3.7 x 1.0 x 4.3 inches (93.5 x 25.5 x 110mm), excluding its detachable 1.5dBi antenna. The router provides 802.11b/g WiFi for up to 54 Mbps, as well as dual Ethernet ports, one for the broadband modem and one for the LAN."

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