Share Your Bandwidth

Take a piece of software, install it on your router, and make free phone calls wherever you go.

Thats my taking on FON, a company on which Skype has recently laid down a nice chunk of cash in the hope of spreading the VOIP gospel. The core of the idea is that FON intends to become a global wifi hotspot, effectively allowing you to make VOIP calls wherever you go, increasing wifi availability.

The idea is to install the FON software on your WiFi router, place your antenna next to the window and then share your bandwidth with the rest of the world. Suddenly, you’re a FONero! This status gives you the right to use the bandwidth of any of your FON comrades.

Of course, you’ll need a FON compatible router as well… go figure. Still, if one was to lurk around the streets of Kilkenny – or any other county for that matter – in the car, driving through the new housing estates looking for houses with an unencrypted wireless broadband connection, is this not the same thing? Takes the fun out of war driving…. (not that I’ve ever participated).

Release from Skype on the same…


  1. Antoin O Lachtnain February 10, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Ken, thanks for the link and the article, I am an adviser at FON. Please do go to our website and consider getting a hotspot and signing up!

  2. Ken February 10, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Antoin, , thanks for the post. I’ll have a look into it and see what the setup is like! Want to take my time getting into it but it sounds fairly interesting. It’ll mean me upgrading to a wireless setup at home so I might get there first…

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