Category Archives: WiFi

FON – share the warmth from your Hotspot

FON is a network where each participant can share their wireless access point with other members (and in turn is allowed to freely use other members’ access points) and where members can also make money from paying users (those who aren’t sharing members of the network). Its a neat idea that can help expand out the number of “free” access points. Problem is that it doesn’t warn people that sharing their APs may violate their service agreement with their ISP.
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Wifi to track whereabouts of students

You may have heard the news lately about using anonymized cell phones location data to track traffic congestion. Well, MIT has put a slight twist to this concept. Since many students have wifi-enabled laptops or personal data assistants, the school has developed a system that utilizes the 2800 wireless access points to capture the location of individual wireless users and then display their concentrations in different areas of the school. Those that choose to do so can also display their identity. Check it out.