WiFi sharing with social networking

February 16th, 2007 at 12:00 am

About two weeks ago, a new WiFi software was launched. Called Whisher, this software allows existing users of WiFi to share their connections with friends. The software handles all the necessary configurations thus any manual tinkering with your routers or even buying additional equipment will not be necessary. The company was founded by telecommunication engineer Ferran Moreno and aeronautical engineer Mike Puchol following their belief that WiFi will soon be made available free for everyone. And when that time comes, people will go to Whisher and use it as a tool easily access WiFi.

But Whisher is not alone nor is it a pioneer in this endeavor. One year old FON is perhaps Whisher's biggest competitor. Just like Whisher, FON gives users a chance to share their WiFi connections. The main difference is in the “how”. FON uses their own system, tweaked up router Fonera to allow sharing of connections. Meanwhile, by simply installing Whisher to your computer it will be able to access any current WiFi connection or router automatically.

Despite this feature, Whisher is already at a disadvantage since FON has already received more or less $40 million in investments which the company can easily use to the further development of their software and hardware systems. Compared this to the limited resource the newcomer Whisher has at the moment.

Fortunately for Whisher, it has some unique features. Whisher not only shares your WiFi connection but it also establishes a social networking community. Let's say you're in a restaurant using your laptop and WiFi connection and you have Whisher installed in your system. What the program will do is to tell you if there are other users in the area who are also logged on to the Whisher community. It is an easy way to make friends, at least now, you will be able to share more than just WiFi connection. This social networking capability of Whisher might be the deciding factor that will convince users to go with Whisher at this point.

But aside from FON, Whisher still has to get enough resources to maneuver itself through the other notable players in the industry, namely Google Wifi , T-Mobile , AT&T and Boingo.

The only problem with sharing your WiFi is it will definitely affect your bandwidth size. The more you share, means the less bandwidth left for your own use, resulting to slower internet connection. Fortunately, Whisher has full control when sharing connections. By activating the private mode, all other users sharing your connection will be disconnected regaining full access to your own WiFi.