First Fon, then Whisher and now WeFi – the start-ups focused on sharing of Wi-Fi connections keep on coming. Of course, each one has their own twist. FON does this through their own hardware (or by partnering with carriers), Whisher is a software only play. The latest entrant is WeFi, a
LondonMountain View, Calif.-based company that has released a new software that allows you to find, and log into wireless networks. (Download it from here. Use this key: 07ApM81D3. The software is causing weird issues for some readers, so please be careful.)
The idea is that you will sign-up for the service, and become part of a large community of those willing to share your spots. If not, then just use the software for finding and logging into open wireless networks that are around you. You get to see the signal strength of the networks, and can also help you skip over the closed (secure) networks.
The other little twist is a map, which shows you where you can find a lot of free wifi connectivity. (Maps are somewhat of an advantage for WeFi, compared to Whisher who downloadable software has made improvements in recent months, and is available for Linux, Mac and Windows computers.) I like this feature, and it is only going to become more useful as more people start adding their spots. There is a friends-feature, adding a social networking twist to the software, but that is a bit too much, and frankly, I have some privacy concerns as well.
The simple, and eye pleasing interface (that mimics and IM client) makes this software worth having, especially if you are using Windows XP based computers that, to be honest are troublesome when it comes to finding-and-connecting to WiFi networks. (No surprise, the software currently works on Windows XP machines only.)
It is a good product, yet it seems WeFi is doing too much. Keeping it simple, and avoiding the social networking features, it can become a handy utility (and must visit destination) for digital nomads. It is worth trying out.