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$$££¥¥! – All Good!

October 4, 2006 on 5:58 pm | In News | No Comments

In my last post, I wrote about how SSIDs with the price in them are doing really well.

I also said that you couldn’t use useful symbols like $ or £.
I was wrong.
A little jiggery pokery on our server and it’s all good. You can now use $£¥ and most other normal characters to your heart’s content.

What could be clearer than ‘$2.95/hour Fast Internet’ ?

All in the name!

September 27, 2006 on 8:03 pm | In News | 1 Comment

I’ve noticed something recently about the most succesfull hotspots.

They all mention their price in their SSID.

Now I’ve noticed it, it makes sense. When you’re looking to connect, you’ll often see lots of hotspots. Sometimes you’ll see lots that will let connect (for a fee).
If you have to connect, load a page and scroll to see the prices, it’s painful.
Add to that the fact that most people expect commercial hotspots to be overpriced (Who really pays $5 for an hour of access at Starbucks?)

If your SSID says “$2.95/hour Fast Internet” then there is no confusion.
People who are willing to pay will connect.
People who look at other sites will quickly see the price and hopefully remember your price. (This does assume your price is competitive!)

..It’s all about the marketing!

A little gain goes a long way

August 28, 2006 on 12:37 am | In News | 3 Comments

One simple and easy way to increase range is with a set of higher gain antennas. A quick search on ebay for “9dBi RP-TNC” Will come up with a $20 solution.

Case in point: Recently a customer of a WifiTastic site here in Hawaii was having trouble connecting to the site she had used for weeks prior. I had a set of 7dbi Antennas just sitting around and installed them at the site. The customer is now purchasing a month at a time.

Aloha,

David

New Firmware -with ‘Rocket Science’

May 30, 2006 on 8:20 pm | In News | No Comments

We want it to be Granny-Simple for non technical types to set up a hotspot, so for the first firmware, we hid all the tweaks and settings that could confuse non-technical hotspot owners.

Of course there are plenty of thoroughly technical users out there, and they wanted access to those advanced settings.

The new firmware should make everyone happy!
We’ve added a new tab called ‘rocket science’. Click on that and you’re into the standard Open Wrt interface with the various settings and status indicators that come with it. So Rocket Scientists can tweak all they like and mere mortals can ignore that tab completely!

If you want to upgrade from an earlier firmware, please go to your hotspot (http://192.168.1.1) and click on the ‘login’ button. You’ll see a ‘click here to upgrade’ button. You can guess the rest!

P.S. – We’d love to hear what you set up with the rocket science features – please do let us know in the forum.

Multi-Currency-Tastic

May 17, 2006 on 11:37 pm | In News | No Comments

You can now charge people to use your hotspot in just about any currency there is. I’m not even sure what COP is, but we support that and I’m sure we’ll support your currency of choice!

Our Credit card billing still happens in the US, and people do ultimately get charged in US dollars, so we display the $ amount beside the local currency like this
Price: £9.95 ($18.72 USD)
You can see what it looks like here.

World Domination here we come…

Wifi, Wifi Everywhere, but not a byte for me.

May 15, 2006 on 5:17 pm | In News | No Comments

I’ve been visiting a friend in St Andrews, Scotland. One of the great benefits of being part of a web-based company is that it doesn’t matter that I’m not in the office.

Of course I still have to get my daily internet fix to deal with email and customer service. For the last couple of days my mobile office has been a small cold concrete post 100metres down the road from my friend’s house. There is an open wireless network there.

In my friend’s house, there were two visible wireless networks, but both were locked. Walking along the street, there were another few – all locked.

I can understand why people might not want to leave their network open for all around to use permanently and for free. However, I suspect that if I were to actually meet the owners of the network and offer them some cash to use their connection for a couple of days, they’d be quite happy.

WifiTastic.com makes that deal practical and easy. If you have a compatible wifi router, it costs nothing to download our firmware and to upgrade your router. Once you’ve done that, your computers can still connect to the network quite normally, but anyone in your vicinity can also connect. – Though only after they’ve paid a fee.

Now your humble home network can bring in some extra household revenue!

We all know people who live in an apartment block and who use their neighbour’s wifi for free. WifiTastic.com believes that the sharing is great, but the sharer should make a contribution to the monthly rental! We make it easy for the network owner to choose an appropriate monthly rate. The idea is to create a good deal for everyone. The network owner gets a contribution to their rental, and the sharer gets cheap wifi with no contract or commitment.

You’re not going to make megabucks sharing your network in an apartment block. But with just three neighbours sharing your connection, you could well be getting free broadband yourself!

So please, get WifiTastic.com, let me give you some cash, and save me from having to sit on a concrete post in the freezing cold in St Andrews!

We’re official…

April 4, 2006 on 12:00 am | In News | No Comments

WifiTastic Converts Wireless Networks Into Public WiFi Hotspots
BETA Program Lets Broadband Subscribers Generate Additional Revenue

OAHU, HI — (MARKET WIRE) — 04/03/2006 — WifiTastic, LLC. today introduced its public BETA program. WifiTastic enables broadband subscribers to create a revenue-generating hotspot providing high-speed, wireless Internet access to users of WiFi-ready laptops, PCs, Macs and PDAs. BETA testers can register now at www.WifiTastic.com.

By setting up a commercial hotspot, owners can earn money by charging people in the vicinity of their wireless router to connect for a fixed hourly, daily or monthly fee. While the company provides a suggested pricing model, WifiTastic owners can determine their own rates. Users can connect to the router, pay by credit card, and then access the Internet. WifiTastic handles the billing and returns 60% of the proceeds directly to the hotspot owner.

“WifiTastic is the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to set up a secure, reliable commercial WiFi hotspot,” said David Sidrane, Co-Founder of WifiTastic. “Instead of providing advertising-supported WiFi access, we’re letting any broadband users earn money by securely sharing their high speed access. Whether it’s with neighbors at home or work, or offering Internet in their café, bar, or hotel, WifiTastic, for the first time, makes it practical for anyone to operate a WiFi hotspot.”

Currently, the service is compatible with the Linksys WRT54G router. Users can simply purchase a pre-configured router or update their existing Linksys router by downloading and installing a free firmware update from WifiTastic.

As part of the beta promotion, the Linksys WRT54GL router is available directly from WifiTastic for free*. The BETA program is expected to last through May 2006.

About WifiTastic

WifiTastic was founded in September, 2005 by David Sidrane of SmartPhoneTools.com and TreoBits.com and Rob Jonson of HobbyistSoftware.com. The co-founders identified an opportunity to help broadband subscribers monetize their connections while expanding the reach and availability for WiFi coverage. The company is dedicated to providing easy, affordable, and secure commercial hotspots. The result is WifiTastic, an all inclusive solution that combines access and payment processing for WiFi users in the vicinity of the hotspot. For more information, please visit www.WifiTastic.com.

* After owners generate $250 in total sales, WifiTastic will, in addition to the commission already paid, send an additional $80 to cover the cost of the router.

Range Extenders…

March 28, 2006 on 1:41 pm | In News | No Comments

I’ve seen a few range extenders on the web – should be good for covering larger areas with a single hotspot.
I’d be interested to hear people’s experience – how well do these work?

Radio Lab’s high powered antenna

Hypergain’s directional antenna (useful for targetting that cafe across the road???)

Digg Says: Commercial Grade (Secure) Wi-Fi Hotspot + Software, $70!! Thank you Linux.

March 21, 2006 on 4:40 pm | In News | No Comments

We’ve been digged – Please Dig the story!
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Getting Ready to Go

March 21, 2006 on 6:32 am | In News | No Comments

Firmware – Check
Billing and authentication – check
Store – Check
Help – Check
Forum – Check
Blog – Check
Press Release – Check

Coming up on the Beta…..

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