Misc Networking

Fon’s hangin’

Yes yes, it has received a fixed place in our family.

Fon hangin’Fon hanging’Fon hangin’

All I need now are a few people to come by and test it; I wonder what the range is like.

Fon frontpage

The only thing I don’t really like is the “Watch our ad and get 15 mins free inet (daily)”. Ad? Watch? Oh come on… Where is this going?!

Misc Networking


My Fon box arrived today!

Ordered it last Saturday (09/02), took just over a week to be delivered (by UPS).

Fon router 2Fon router 1

I bought “La Fonera” with a “Fontenna” for just over 6 (!) EUR. Fon’s having this cool promotion that La Fonera only costs around 4 EUR, and if you order a Fontenna with it, you get the Fontenna for just an additional 2 EUR. (And 6 EUR shipping costs. So just over 12 EUR total.)

La Fonera is really easy to configure, perhaps a bit too easy. I hoped a few extra options to configure, and better IP/Bandwidth usage stats, … But on the other side, they managed to keep it simple & clean; easy to use for everyone.

Fon Web config

La Fonera has 2 WiFi networks, one public (FON_Tuinslak in my case) and a private one (with WEP, WPA(2); using IP by default)

La Fonera 4La Fonera 3La Fonera 2La Fonera

Notice how small they made it (+-10 x 7,5 cm).

This is the Fontenna, which adds about 7dBi:


Besides having a big gray plastic encapsulation, it seems quite “weather-resistant”. I might put it outside somewhere.

Anyway, it seems to be working great.

Fon stickers

I’ll have to play a bit with it, before giving it a final place somewhere in the house… And I’m starting to wonder what I should to with my Linksys “AP”… 2 private networks? Might put it some place where the WiFi signal is really bad… Like… The garage or something. 😉

PS: for those wondering, yes I’ve become a “Bill”. I see no point becoming a “Linus”, because a Bill gets everything a Linus gets plus some extra cash (although I doubt anyone will actually use my Fon AP; I’m kind of living in the middle of nowhere).

Fon_AP Access