Thursday, June 19, 2008


"Thanks to feedback from some of our top Foneros we've learned that changing the FON_AP to a more attractive name significantly improved the number of visits. Based on this information we decided to change all FON Spots’ (public) signal names that weren't already modified by their owners.

How does this affect me?

This doesn't affect you. Your FON Spot visitors will now see this new signal name but nothing else has changed. Hopefully, you’ll even see an increase of visits! If you like, you can still the name to 'FON_nameyouwant', but we recommend that you to keep this new name or something similar. Instructions for changing the name are below.

How can I change the signal name?

There are two options…
Option 1

1. Connect to the MyPlace? signal. 2. Open your browser and type and the console will be loaded. The standard user name and password are both the word "admin". 3. Click on "Public WiFi?" in the menu and then you can change the name behind the 'FON_'. Save your changes and the signal name will change. Perhaps you will have to wait a bit and/or refresh the WiFi? manager of your device to see the new signal name.

Option 2

1. Log into your My FON user area at with your FON username (email-address/password). 2. Then go to "Configure your FON Router" and in the Settings tab enter a new "Public Signal" 3. Save the FON Spot personalization.

Changes may take up to 30 minutes to take effect on your FON Spot. If you want the change to happen immediately, reboot you La Fonera."

Now, I think this is the stupidest thing in the entire world that Fon could possibly be doing (although I could be wrong here. . . yeah. . .) I know this is only a default setting, and most people will be changing the name of the public signal anyway, but FON_FREE_INTERNET can be very deceiving to people who stumble upon Fon for the very first time. People will end up thinking they get unlimited free access to the internet (now that I think about it, they already get unlimited access to google, which I think is a bad idea) and in reality they get a 15 minute free trial or are forced to purchase a day pass. I encourage everyone to express your opinions on the Fon Boards and change the name of your public wifi signal. Thank you Fon for advertising that your giving away "free" Internet.

Fon Boards: "Change of FON_AP to FON_FREE_INTERNET"

Fon Blog: "New FON Spot Name"

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