As I’ve written earlier, the fact that FON only works with Linksys WRT54G/GS routers is bugging some foners. To be sure, only 15% of pre-registered foners already have a compatible Linksys router. But believe me, these routers are amazing. In reality, they’re are like mini Linux computers on which you will be installing open software that will evolve very rapidly as new updates and plug-ins appear.

Right now, we’re negotiating a deal with Linksys to buy routers from them. As I’m writing this, the best price we found was 70 EUR but we hope to have them for 55 EUR at the SIMO launch for the first 1000 foners.

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sunyin on November 9, 2005  · 

Instead of puting special software on Router, is ther e an easy way to authenticate user? For example by giving out predefined password in a controled website. 70 EURO for access point is way too expensive. A DLink wifi/g router for 20USD is very common for seaonal sale. Also to flash it is a big task for common users.

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Stefan Karlsson on November 11, 2005  · 

The Linksys WRT54G/GS is available for €70,15 at
You can get a 6-pack at for €379.71 which is €62,39 each.

What about the Buffalo ADSL WiFi routers? They are based on Linux as well.

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