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Since I came back from my vacations and even before , I started to feel fewer and fewer involved on this blog.
An evident slow-down in Fon development and some personal troubles keep my mind away from this space .
So I apologise with my few international readers , but I’m about to take the decision to close down this space.
I will continue to post in the Italian section of this blog as personal gather of tech howtos and thoughts. I will move also this domain , if I can , to my tumble blog at the address fonblog.tumblr.com.
It has been a pleasure to write here and to keep in touch with guys with vision and knowledge as Steven , Eric , Anselmi , Jurgi , Kyros , Freechelmi , Jonakis , Nkieto , Christopher , Freddy , the guys from Francofon (even if we had some discussions in the past ) , Swimgod , Danberte , AustinTX , Mike Puchol and all the others that I might forget.
Thanks for your support. I won’t forget this time we spent together , talking about Fon and his development.
That’s all fellas , see you soon !
Dema FON Blog Estimado lector, este blog se cerrará hasta el 6 de Febrero por mis vacaciones de invierno.
Este año el destino será Perù.
Bye, hasta pronto.
My spanish sucks , even if google translator helps .
See you when i will come back , hoping more Fon to come.
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My opinion about this is that they can really achieve to do it , because they are meshing the wifi signal but also mashing-up the philosophy.
From the FAQ of free the net project :
How can I help build this network?
Free the Net is a community-built network. Meraki provides the technology, but we rely on people to help build and grow. There are a number of ways you can help:
- If you can see the Free the Net signal, sign up for a free repeater to boost your signal.
- Volunteer to host an outdoor repeater on your roof or balcony. The outdoor units help spread the signal throughout your neighbourhood and are critical to the growth of the network.
- Spread the word! Tell your friends and neighbours to sign up at http://sf.meraki.com.
- Check out the network map and keep yourself up-to-date on our progress.
Does it sound familiar ?
Meraki is combining the social part of FON involving people in the construction of network (installing repeaters rooftop or inside restaurants , shops , halls) with their owned technology , keeping the managing of the network in their hands. Technically, I guess that meraki will provide robust gateways with high bandwidth and people will maintain mesh nodes at their home , taking care of them.
This sounds perfect , but there are a couple of things that sounds dissonant :
Are we sure that people will agree to mount the repeater device on their balcony just for the glory of being part of construction of a citywide wifi network ?
What if the repeating node will fail to function , due to a simple software failure or high load kernel panic or other unpredictable causes ? It’s supposed that people who mounted the repeater cell are not technicians , and also if just a mere powercycle could be enough to put again the node on line , who will advise them ?
Let’s wait and see what will happen.
Holidays , more time to spend at home , and some freaky geeky had the chance to put the hands on Fonera plus , to mod it , to reflash it , maybe with DD-WRT or Openwrt Kamikaze.
But sometimes something goes wrong and your tiny little white router becomes a tiny little white brick.
No worries , the amazing Blue Lama has the solution . Wait before to cry and to put fonera plus into the waste bin.
My friend Stefano Vitta has moved to his birthplace Rome and he’s starting a new sparkling initiative.
Similar to Chueca , the Wifi neighbourhood in Madrid , he’s launching Trasteverewifi. Trastevere is the old popular Rome’s quarter, famous for his trattorie , bars , eating and drinking places and Portaportese marketplace .
In the charming of this special quarter in Italy’s capital , you will soon find a lot of FON hotspots in order to enjoy free wireless connectivity.
So , Viva free wifi also in Rome.
In this video , Stefano explains all the details of the initiative. (italian only)
Just landed today to App Tapp package repository , the iFon software. This utility once installed into your (unlocked) iPhone or iPod touch can connect you easily and automatically to every fon spot around.
Nice one !
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La Fonera plus has a decent qos on board. Changing it is possible through the user-zone , moving this slide to the bandwidth we want to share.
It’s possible to shrink it to minimum 512Kbs which can be acceptable for most dsl users.
But , if you live in a crowded area , with many foneros connected to your hot spot , and your dsl provider give you a monthly amount of traffic , this could be a problem.
Solution ? To open la fonera plus for a better custom qos.
The file you need to edit is /etc/config/qos . For your convenience , I zipped a sample file to download.
Open it and change this part :
# QoS configuration for OpenWrt # INTERFACES: config interface hotspot option classgroup "Default" option enabled 0 option upload 512 option download 512 option device tun0 config interface wan option classgroup "Default" option enabled 0 option overhead 1 option upload 128 option download 1024
Open it with your favourite editor and assign the bandwidth amount desired. Remember , tun0 hotspot is the FON_AP zone , wan is the lan gateway to the internet.Upload the new qos file to la fonera plus .
This should be enough to shape as per your desire the bandwidth to share , but unfortunately , our freefonera hack seems to lack some init scripts.
To make things work you have to go to /etc/rc1.d and create a symlink to rcd script S50qos.
To do this type
ln -sf /etc/rc.d/S50qos S50qos
Reboot la fonera plus and you are now a proud member of Net Neutrality oppositor . You can shape , ban , slow any packet you want.
I gave to pubblic wlan 100 kbs , enough to surf the web and even to make a skype call. Watching video or listening to radio streaming could be a problem , but I think a fonero should be responsible and do not saturate other’s bandwidth.
After hard beta testing period , howtos writing , translations , making scripts tweaking and mass email exchange between the team , finally the Fonera Plus hack has been released.
I just want to thank all the team , who made possible the making of this project , first of all the great Lama Bleu , aka Eric Levine who spent 2 months to build the image for Fonera plus re flashing , without changing anything of original FON configuration .
My fellow Giorgio Zarrelli , who wrote the first version of the English how to , scripted the redboot access procedure and much much more.
A very very special thanks to incredible Steven Leeman of the Belgian FON community and official blogger for Dutch section of blog.fon.com.
And then the whole Freewlan team who at this moment even without a Fonera plus is working to our Foneras Liberadas remotely to port the version 0.9 of their add-ons ASAP.
So is revealed at least in part the reason of my low activity in the blog of last weeks since all my (really few) free time was devoted to this project.
Fonblog.eu will be in the forthcoming days a hub for everyone who wants to collaborate and join the team to tweak and improve.
That’s all folks . I wish you a merry Fonera plus unlocking