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  • antonde 8:31 am on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: post   

    It’s a pity to have quit blogging in th … 

    It’s a pity to have quit blogging in this place , now that it’s available a twitter-like theme

    • AustinTX 6:17 pm on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wouldn’t the Fon twitter look something like this:

      >Still broken, still unfair, and still nothing interesting going on…

      >Still broken, still unfair, and still nothing interesting going on…

      >Still broken, still unfair, and still nothing interesting going on…



    • antonde 10:03 pm on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      HI AustinTX , glad to know that you still have my blog on your feed reader.
      Don’t worry , I just wanted to check out this new wordpress theme . I have no intention to start to blog about FON 🙂

  • antonde 8:14 am on February 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: close, , quit   

    Abandoned blog 

    photo by Matsatsinis Fragiskos

    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

    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 !

    • Mike Puchol 5:19 pm on March 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Anton,

      Sorry to hear about your decision, but it’s very true that keeping up a blog is a question of both time and motivation – in my case, I stopped updating towards the end of the year, and I’m trying to pick things up again now.

      In any case, best of luck and I hope the personal problems are not too serious!


    • antonde 6:58 am on March 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Mike .
      Thanks for your comment. Don’t worry , my problem is just an annoying lawsuit with a famous international brand of shoes.
      They say I copied a patented model ( which is not ) and they blocked me 250.000 pairs of shoes.
      My lawyers are trying to solve this matter , but as you can imagine a small firm like mine cannot compete with a 800 millions dollar american company.
      That’s the way life goes.


    • jonakis 11:30 pm on March 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man, thats bad news…Your blog is a very good source of infos and news.
      I hope you took the good decision!!!
      We are waiting to hear your news…!!!
      Cheers man!

    • wiseman 5:46 pm on April 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      very cool to read, that one of a crowd of big, uniformed nonsense net-talkers has disappeared. hopefully for vever! this should have been happened long time ago. congrats! make ur shoes, not FON!!

    • antonde 3:13 pm on May 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Wiseman. Unfortunately I’m not completely disappeared as I keep on writing on my Italian blog . Fewer and fewer about FON anyway 🙂

  • antonde 1:14 pm on February 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: firmware, ,   

    Hot fixes in Fonera+ firmware 

    Just released to selected users , the firmware 1.1.1-r2 for la Fonera+.

    The hack team of the Lama Bleu is working to compile a changelog and to understand what new features or patches has been applied.

    Stay tuned.

  • antonde 8:57 am on January 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: perù, vacations   

    Cerrado por vacaciones 

    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.

    • Spaniard 3:15 pm on January 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Those sentences are absolutely well written in spanish 😉

      Have a nice holidays in Perú!

    • Miguel 4:52 am on January 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Your spanish is good, don’t worry about that.
      Enjoy your trip to Peru

  • antonde 11:01 am on January 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , meraki, mesh network, san francisco,   

    Meraki mAsh(up) for San Francisco wifi network 


    You already read about Meraki raising 20 mil us$ to extend citywide the wifi coverage of San Francisco. Where Google and Earthlink failed , now the Mountain View wifi start-up claim to succeed .

    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
    • 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.

  • antonde 9:31 am on December 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: debrick, , , , relive   

    Debrick Fonera plus 

    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.

    Just follow the easy instructions on how to debrick in Eric’s blog or in the wiki.

    • freechelmi 1:35 pm on January 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      there is a simple différence.

      Meraki Hotspots are not PayToSurf Spots like fon ones.

  • antonde 9:30 am on December 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , roma, rome, trastevere, trasteverewifi, wireless   


    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)

  • antonde 4:32 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ipod touch   

    iFon the wifi connector 

    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 !

    Via Martin and troisgrammescinq  


    • magistus 4:56 pm on January 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice.. i’ve got my order on the way and my iphone ready..


  • antonde 11:20 am on November 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bandwidth shaping, , , , net neutrality, qos   

    Tweaking Qos on la Fonera plus 

    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
    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.

  • antonde 10:21 pm on October 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , hack fonera, hack fonera plus, ssh fonera plus   

    Fonera plus hack. Finally we did it ! 

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    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.

    The easy and step by step howto is here !

    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

    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. 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

    • pepepotamo 9:39 pm on October 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I get something different doing the third check… what’s the cause? does that mean that I can’t flash my fonera+?

      RedBoot> x -b 0xa8250000 -l 32
      A8250000: 6D A8 A7 C2 A0 DA CD 67 68 F6 E0 3B 22 69 AA 95 |m……gh..;”i..|
      A8250010: 03 58 3E 94 CF AE FC D9 90 3D 5C 10 97 74 C6 47 |.X>……=\..t.G|

    • antonde 10:00 pm on October 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @pepepotamo I forwarded your comment to developer mailing list . An answer sure is on the way.
      Cheers Anton

    • coldtobi 8:10 am on October 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      La Fonera+ is designed to be more easier to install and harder to hack: All the known bugs have been eliminated, the on-board-serial does not reveal a console anymore, the communication with fon is also encrypted (ASFAIK) using DNS and maybe more. …

    • Unknown 10:47 pm on October 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply


      Solution here for you, perhaps, but verify result for step 2 first

    • jonakis 11:14 am on November 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hello.!I am from Greece and 1 week ago i opened the FON Greek Community website ( )
      I want to ask you what are the benefits of this hack?
      And if we can help at any translation dont be afraid to ask us!
      nice job guys!

    • antonde 11:37 am on November 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Kalimera Jonakis !!
      I checked your fon website , but I’m not so familiar with greek language :).
      Opening ssh port to la fonera plus , will lead the add-on sets of freewlan or francofon . This add-on can bring significant benefits to la fonera management .
      Current freewlan add-on pack works only on la fonera 1.0 . You can check out an online demo here
      Bye bye.

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