The blog of our Fonosfera developers community just announced a beta release of the firmware for the Fonera 2.0, the open source router that allows you to manage your relationship with the Web 2.0 (things like uploading pictures to Flickr straight from your camera or downloading files from Bittorrent) and other great stuff like sharing a 3G connection, a printer or a USB drive. If the Fonera is a social router the Fonera 2.0 is a very bright social router that not only allows you to make money and roam the world for free but also to manage your storage, back ups, uploading and downloading activities.

The last beta release introduced a brand new user interface, along with bugfixes and new features. Here are some pictures and notes from the Fonosfera blog:

The Dashboard

This is the Dashboard

The new interface is based on the concept of a Dashboard. We wanted to remove any similarities with traditional router management consoles. They’re ugly, not stylish, difficult and not useful at all. This Dashboard is not final, but you can get the concept. There’s a summary area, which is secondary to the 2 main frames: the “Action icons” which have 3 fixed buttons (”Services” for samba, ftp etc, “Plugins” to manage your plugins and “Settings” to change the router configuration) and the icons for each plugin that is installed in the future so they are easy to access. The second frame is the devices/events frame. It will let the user know which supported devices are currently connected and configured in the Fonera 2.0. It is quite 2.0-ish…seamless autoupdates etc.

File Browser

This is the File Browser

The File Browser is again a beta application. But it now detects different MIME-Types and tells the browser what to do when clicking on them. The look and feel is much nicer and soon will include other interesting information, such as the file size, creation data etc.

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George Tuvell on November 12, 2008  · 

Love, both the web 2.0 angel and the new interface approach.

Can’t wait for Fonera 3, you will probably be able to upload photos and video without even connecting the computer 🙂 Using Wi-Fi built into the device!

BTW – FON should approach the airline carriers as well – wouldn’t it be nice to have FON access on transatlantic flights?

Anyone agree?

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jose on November 12, 2008  · 

Looks very nice.
Something to have in mind maybe is the possibility to connect a usb hub and plug few things at the same time to the router.

webcam+usb hard drive

per example.

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iurgi on November 12, 2008  · 

Jose: this is already possible. Rightnow you can connect a USB HUB (always powered and USB 2.0 version) andconnect as many devices as you want to it. My fonera, standing on my side has a webcam, printer, 2 hard drives and the 3G stick connected 😉


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fonero on November 12, 2008  · 

bundling la fonera 2.0 with a webcam for installation in shop windows will allow owner to control his shop AND provide WiFi to the public!

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jose on November 12, 2008  · 

Sounds very promising! is it stable?

I think is needed to do some kind of Stress test to the new fonera to know its real limitations.

So, what can you conect to la fonera through usb without an extra powersuply? a usb drive can handle it, right?

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