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Apr 3rd, 2007 04:49 PM
Fathom Zero Time for the long-awaited review. It surprised me, to say the least.

I got it back from my friend today and as soon as I got back to my house, I plugged it in. Immediately, I received a signal from it. That's only to be expected from wireless routers.

I put in the CD and up popped a flash document. Yuck. I'm a bit bias because I don't like Flash very much. Sue me.



Rather sparse. Actually, the only things on the disc are .pdfs, which you'll need to figure out what bills** and shit are.

Really, you don't need to do anything other than plug it in and you're ready to go, so just go ahead and start playing with it.

To connect to your "myplace" connection, your password is the serial on the bottom of the router:

S/N: 8650015453

That's mine.

SIGNAL TEST*:

Me sitting on top of both of my routers:



The highlighted router is my normal Linksys router. Myplace is the private portal and Fon_AP is the public one.

At the front door:



As you can see, the Linksys is the winner when it comes to being close distances.

But, about 150 feet away and across the street:



Wow, the Linksys is a sad old man here. At this point I can get neighbors' connections. As you can see, the La Fonera with its tiny antenna and costing zero dollars can beat out the fifty buck Linksys monster. Impressive.

The La Fonera gets two thumbs up for me as a router, but the whole Fonbucks thing and Bills and such can get confusing. That's not to say that the Fon.com people can't help. The User Manual on the disc is a massive amount of help when it comes to understanding everything, but as I said before, all you really care about is the router.



out of five.

*All wireless signals were received using a PSP, so it's probably not the best benchmark for, say, a Wii's internal antenna or laptop Wifi card.

**Bills are what you get when people connect to your wifi, i.e. they are their bills. They pay, somehow, and Fon.com deposits money into a Paypal account of your choosing. I haven't set it up to where you have to pay to connect to the open one, but you have to set up everything through wifi.fon.com when the router is installed. I have no intention of making people pay for the wifi, so I don't need to do any of that. Thusly, I won't go into too much detail about it since it can be seen on the user manual.
Mar 29th, 2007 04:59 PM
Fathom Zero You'll be getting a full review with screenshots tomorrow, I'd imagine.
Mar 29th, 2007 06:09 AM
GADZOOKS Man I know I'm old when these days a school bully will take a 15 year old's router away from them.
Mar 28th, 2007 09:49 PM
Chojin Just take it back, pussy.
Mar 28th, 2007 06:44 PM
Fathom Zero The loser hasn't given it back to me yet and refuses to tell me how it went so I'm ordering another one.

Oh crap, I just read the conditions and it's one per customer for the first 10,000 customers.
Mar 28th, 2007 10:07 AM
Sacks Haha, this really works. I just got mine.
Mar 18th, 2007 09:22 PM
Fathom Zero
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chojin View Post
So you don't need to dick with the firmware to have a protected sector?
No, that's only if you want ONLY the protected one, not an open and protected one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chojin View Post
The unprotected part, how do people pay to use that? Is it automatic? Or is it just there and I'm supposed to go around and collect money or what ;<
I guess. If you're really tech-savvy, you might write up a program and stuff like the kind Starbucks has.

But I think that there's something along with the disc. Like I said, I'll get the thing back soon and will be able to answer your questions better. I believe I'll have it on Tuesday, Wednesday, if not.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chojin View Post
I notice they put all people who accept this on a big map with their address shown. Could I get more info on what exactly I am expected to do after receiving this router?
To get your name and such to show up on the map, you have to do nothing but add your name to the giant map of other people's your router after everything's set up. There's a brief instructional booklet that comes with the router and a more comprehensive manual on the disc that comes with it.
Mar 18th, 2007 07:14 PM
Chojin So you don't need to dick with the firmware to have a protected sector?

The unprotected part, how do people pay to use that? Is it automatic? Or is it just there and I'm supposed to go around and collect money or what ;<

I notice they put all people who accept this on a big map with their address shown. Could I get more info on what exactly I am expected to do after receiving this router?
Mar 18th, 2007 05:57 PM
Fathom Zero Mkay, I'll try to call my man in the field in a bit.
Mar 18th, 2007 05:49 PM
noob3 get back to us on how it worked for the wii, really the only reason i ordered it is to get my 360 online more easily
Mar 18th, 2007 04:19 PM
Fathom Zero It works well, but I didn't get to test it for but an hour because I let my friend borrow it for his Wii. He still hasn't gotten back to me on that though.

It's pretty much a normal router, except it sends out two ports, one that's free for other people to use, (hence it being free), and one private one. With the included software, one can set a cap on the bandwith the free port gets so that some idiot driving by your house won't be able to download the entire Battlestar Gallactica series and you get overcharged.

When I get it back - in the next few days, I'd imagine - I'll test the signal strength from different distances and give y'all a few screenshots of the software setup.

PS: The stickers are boss.

Quote:
Originally Posted by noob3 View Post
BUT HOW DO I KNOW IF MY ORDER IS CONFIRMED
I think they give you a tracking number and such when you order it.

http://www.fon.com/en/support/help

Go down to, "I ordered my router time ago and I haven't received anything."

They'll ask you to email them with the tracking number and blah blah blah.

They shipped mine via Fedex and left it on my doorstep. It came a week after I ordered it, but they said it could take up to three.
Mar 18th, 2007 03:26 AM
noob3 lol i ordered one only because the pictures looked so cool!

get back to us fathom
Mar 17th, 2007 06:21 PM
GADZOOKS so does this work or what :/
Mar 17th, 2007 05:48 PM
MarioRPG Oh whoops USA only. :/
Mar 17th, 2007 03:20 PM
noob3 I ordered one :o

BUT HOW DO I KNOW IF MY ORDER IS CONFIRMED
Mar 14th, 2007 08:58 PM
Fathom Zero Guess what came in the mail today.




Instruction Manual




Box contains:

1 Instruction Manual
1 Power Supply
1 Ethernet Cable
1 Installation CD
1 Large Sticker
1 Small Sticker
and 1 "La Fonera" Wireless Router

YAY STICKERS!



The little bugger himself.



Side view.



Back view. Antenna, Ethernet Port, Power Input Port.


NEXT STEP: INSTALLATION. We shall see what kind of range this baby gets.
Mar 14th, 2007 07:57 PM
Sacks GOLDENPALACECASINOPARTYPOKER.NET
Mar 7th, 2007 03:58 PM
Fathom Zero Thanks for moving this to it's proper place. I was at odds with where to put it.

And WHAT, it's nothing like that.
Mar 7th, 2007 03:34 PM
Womti http://www.onlinerewardcenter.com/rd_p?p=96980&t=434&a=free%20laptop

Mar 6th, 2007 11:24 PM
Fathom Zero
FREE WIRELESS ROUTER (already ordered mine :) )

http://www.fon.com/en/promos/fonbucks

It's a limited promotion where you can spread wifi all around. The catch is that you have to share with an open access point, but this can easily be circumvented with other firmwares.

https://shop.fon.com/FonShop/shop/US...roduct=PRD-001

If you don't get on the bandwagon, it's $39.95.


BUT IT'S A FREE FRIGGIN ROUTER.

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