WeFi shows the location of free local hotspots using User Generated content
June 17th, 2007

TechCrunch reports on startup WeFi:

The WeFi client replaces the Windows connection manager and finds and connects to free WiFi hotspots. The location of free hotspots is displayed on a map that also shows the location of other WeFi users. The maps are regularly updated as users discover and connect to WiFi. This is delivered without changing or modifying access points, delivering a complementary service to other WiFi sharing initiatives such as fon.

The mapping function is initially user generated. Users are encouraged to mark their location on a map and add spots to the map. WeFi can then ascertain the location of that user based on the known location of one of the hotspots that the WeFi client sees, without the need to be connected to it.

I haven’t tired WeFi yet but I could have used something like that when I was in France this month and, in fact, in NYC there’s not as many hotspots as one would think – something like WeFi might help me locate them easier when I need one.


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