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

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