On a completely different line of things. Today, I managed to get my “La Fonera” online and I am an official “linus”. What does that mean? It means I share bandwith of my DSL line to the FON community.

FON is the largest WiFi community in the world. Our members share their wireless Internet access at home and, in return, enjoy free WiFi wherever they find another Fonero’s Access Point.

If you own a specific type of wireless router, it can be flashed to become a FON router, or, as I did, you can get one for $/EUR 29 plus sales tax at FON. I like this initiative and humbly suggest every reader to at least read the proposition and hopefully jump in.

Tech stuff: If I had to name one problematic issue, it would be that as the “La Fonera” does not have a LAN connector, so when accessing the private network, one still goes through (NATTED) routing to the cable, usually your wired LAN. That kind of makes accessing cabled devices such as network printers and shares a tad harder. Flashable standard routers are:

- Linksys: WRT54G (pre-v5), WRT54GL, WRT54GS and WRT54GSv4.

- Buffalo WZR-RS-G54, WHR-HP-54, and WHR-G54S.

Not sure if these serve a private closed network like “La Fonera” does.

Update: Yes they do, but the Linksys and Buffalo’s put the two different BSSID’s on the same SSID’s which confuses quite a few drivers. The “La Fonera” also broadcasts both separate. My advice is: go for the dead cheap “La Fonera”.

Update: The “La Fonera” has gone up to EUR 44.95 including tax and shipping. BUT, any Fonero can give 3 away for EUR 20 a piece. I have one invitation left. Who wants one?

Send each invitation to a friend who is not yet a Fonero. All you need to do is enter the information and we will send your friends an invitation they can redeem in the FON Shop. Then they’ll need to register as a Fonero, enter their address and we will send them the La Fonera WiFi Router for just €/$ 20 (offer valid only in the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, US and Canada), including taxes and shipping.