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Standard User StephenTodd
(experienced) Mon 06-Oct-14 17:36:27
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: kasg] [link to this post]
 
it probably just means it doesn't work on Android 4.4.

Working for me on android 4.4.4 as far as I can tell: that is app installed and getting as far as login screen.

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Standard User StephenTodd
(experienced) Thu 16-Oct-14 15:26:50
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: StephenTodd] [link to this post]
 
Now happily on Plusnet and FON.

I have just signed up with FON and registered a hotspot. I took a walk down the road and can connect to neighbours' BT-WiFi with FON hotspots.

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I did not get a Fonera router, I converted an old Linksys WRT54G that had been sitting in the cupboard.

I found a page about converting old wireless routers to FON: http://www.wi-fiplanet.co...rials/article.php/3743591
His firmware links did not work, but I found links that did work for my old Linksys: http://rene.margar.fr/201...-6-7-pour-linksys-wrt54g/
I then followed http://www.wi-fiplanet.co...rials/article.php/3743041 for setting up the hotspot.

This is not as good as a FON router would be as it does not give me an additional private extended wireless network.

Follow the instructions very carefully. Doing things in the wrong order mean you can't get to the FON registration page to register your router and give yourself the higher status that allows free FON usage.
I had to factory reset the router a couple of times after installing the new firmware to set it back into a 'register new router' frame of mind because I had done things a little wrong.

Be very careful to change the router password. Otherwise anyone can connect, guess the router address from 'ipconfig' gateway, and log in to the router.

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Standard User amilne
(regular) Sun 26-Oct-14 17:31:15
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: StephenTodd] [link to this post]
 
I tried to do this a few years back, but I could not get registered.
I have tried the links on the post, but none of them seem to work. I'd have another go if I could find out how it has been done.
Thanks in advance

Alex


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Standard User amilne
(regular) Sun 26-Oct-14 18:00:12
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: amilne] [link to this post]
 
I've found that the links have been abbreviated, and found the correct links by searching on the sites. Here are the full links:
http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/374...
http://rene.margar.fr/2011/02/firmware-fonbasic-0-6-...
http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/374...
Now to find that old router again! I spent ages previously failing to get registered.
Standard User Rastus
(experienced) Sun 26-Oct-14 18:33:05
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


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Well done for sorting the links out smile
Standard User awontroba
(learned) Fri 07-Nov-14 23:42:42
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: awontroba] [link to this post]
 
I bought myself another FON Simpl. This one arrrived.
It was quite easy to get going, once you realise that you configure it by connecting to it with WiFi, not from your own network.
My FON hotspot usually works for me, both on my private and public connections.
The big downside is that I can only connect to (old) BT WiFi hotspots with "FON" in their name, and walking around my small home town found very few of them. Other BT Wifi hotspots do not seem to allow FON logins to be used. Yet FON's hotspot maps show so many hotspots.
My hopes of being able to use FON hotspots rather than trying to use 3G, or buying time on hotspots, have been dashed.
I feel ripped off.

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Standard User Stevenage_Neil
(committed) Sat 08-Nov-14 10:19:33
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: awontroba] [link to this post]
 
If I remember correctly the BT login page has a separate, albeit small, login box for Fon Users.
Standard User StephenTodd
(experienced) Sat 08-Nov-14 10:35:39
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Re: Move BT to PlusNet, BT FON


[re: awontroba] [link to this post]
 
1) Do you get to the BT Wifi landing page, and then it refuses your login; or
2) do you not even get as far as the landing page, or
3) are you using the FON app on a smartphone to do the login?

When I tried the FON app it didn't seem the behave properly at all; just forced me into a disconnect/reconnect loop with the adaptor without seeming to try to login at all.
I haven't been trying to use it seriously (mainly just tests to my own connection) yet; I did manage to login to a couple of BT hotspots nearly but I can't remember what sort of SSID they had. I'll try again in a few days when I get some time.

I'm still having issues with my (converted linksys) hotspot showing as offline on the FON website a lot of the time even when it isn't; that may be a firmware level issue due to change in details of the FON system.

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Standard User Stevenage_Neil
(committed) Sat 08-Nov-14 11:42:09
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I should have added that in the 10+yrs I have been using Fon I have only once had to contact their Technical support, via E-Mail. It was brilliant! Fast and accurate.
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