Enhancing the “Give a Little, Get a Lot” Model
The new Fonera incorporates classic Fon sharing features that split a WiFi signal into two: a private signal for owner use, and a shared signal that is available for the owner’s guests and the rest of the Fon network. The owner of a Fonera gets free and unlimited access to the entire Fon network of 12 million hotspots, a benefit that millions of Fon users around the world have already come to depend on.
Fon has designed a brand new social and secure way to give houseguests WiFi access by integrating Facebook into the Fonera. With the explosion of mobile data usage it’s natural for people to get onto WiFi anywhere they are, including at a friend’s home. However, WiFi passcodes are not always handy and often not memorable. The new Fonera addresses this friction point by enabling people who are Facebook friends of the owner to connect without a password. It also has the benefit of separating your traffic and your friends traffic with different WiFi signals, further enhancing the security and privacy of your WiFi network.
The Fonera can also serve to extend an existing WiFi router’s signal. A single WiFi router often does not provide complete coverage in a home, especially in the U.S. where homes tend to be larger. As a result, it is common to have an issue with spotty coverage in areas like basements, attics or backyards. With a few simple configuration steps, the Fonera can be set up as a WiFi bridge, making it a practical addition even in homes that already have a WiFi router. The new Fonera is so small it fits into the palm of your hand and comes with 802.11n compatibility and a powerful antenna.
“When we defined the new Fonera, we were specifically thinking of the WiFi needs of U.S. households. People want WiFi in all corners of their homes. They also want to give WiFi to their guests in a simple way.” says Martin Varsavsky, Founder and CEO of Fon. “Combining those features with the unique Fon community concept, which gives you a free ticket to use millions of hotspots around the world for free, you have what we think is the most attractive WiFi router in the market.”