I got LA FONERA.
So far I used in my room my Linksys WRT52GS with LA FONERA firmware installed, but it had only one SSID and I needed to be authenticated every time I wanted to use WiFi in my room.
With LA FONERA, you can use two SSIDs, for a FON access point to the public and for My Place, a WPA-protected area for private use. Now I can enjoy wireless connection with my laptop or Nokia E61 handset without logging in to the WiFi access point every time I use it.
私はいちおうFONに入っていて、わが家のLinksys WRT52GS（無線LANルータ）にFONの機能を入れるファームウェアをインストールして使っていたんですが、ノートPCやNOKIA E61で家でインターネットしようとすると、必ずWEB上でFONの認証画面を出して認証してからでないとアクセスできないということで、ノートPCのほうはともかく、E61でいちいちWEB画面を出すというのは非常に使い勝手が悪く、不便をしていました。
ところが、FONの専用無線LAN端末「LA FONERA」を使うと、SSIDを2つ使えるということがわかりました。つまり、外向けに公開するFONのアクセスポイントと、内輪で使う「My Place」というアクセスポイントの2つがあり、後者のほうはWPA認証の設定を各端末にしておけばWEB認証なしで使えるという非常にありがたい機能のようです。LA FONERAはツクモ電機で1980円と格安。
I signed up a FON account today. I happened to know about FON over this morning’s TV program and Nikkei newspaper, where FON let its service begin in Japan.
According to the article of the newspaper, FON is a Spain-based WiFi service provider featuring wireless networking service with a user id it assigns to each user, or FONERO, for lower costs than other commercial WiFi services. FONEROs can enjoy WiFi service free of charge, if they buy a specific wireless router, or LA FONERA, from FON and set it up at their house to let them and other people use the service for free. If you have Linksys’s wireless router like WRT50GS, FON provides special firmware that enables the wireless router to change into LA FONERA by installing it without buying any LA FONERA devices. Of course, you can use WiFi service anywhere in the world with your FON id and password as long as there’s any LA FONERA close to you. FON is affiliated by Google and Skype.
I visited FON’s website and set up my account this morning. FON’s Japanese website announced that LA FONERA is sent to any FONERO free of charge if you apply for the account at that time. I downloaded the firmware for WRT50GS instead of requesting LA FONERA because I have it in my house. I opened WRT50GS’ administration page and installed the firmware. When the installation was completed and the router restarted, the graphical user interface of the router’s setup page was dynamically changed. Its network address was changed into 192.168.10.0/24 and WEP encryption configuration was disabled for make this router open to every other FONERO around me. I give my bandwidth to others for free, but I have the right to have other bandwidth from another FONERO living anywhere in the world without paying a penny.
Now I’m not sure if this service becomes useful or not, but it’s worth trying.