needgap, create startup ideas by solving problems http://needgap.com Submit problems for startups to solve for building startup ideas and creating products which people want. Mon, 11 May 2020 16:00:00 +0000 Sharing WiFi network with strangers for money #WiFi #Internet There is <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/51-non-cellular-network-mobile-internet-telecom-internet">need gap</a> for alternatives to mobile Internet via cellular network, the closest solution being WiFi hotspots. But, WiFi hotspots being run by monopolies doesn't protect the openness of the Internet.<div><br></div><div>Opening home, office, personal WiFi to the public without password protection addresses this, that's exactly what <a href="https://openwireless.org/">Open Wireless Movement</a>&nbsp;aimed to achieve with custom router firmware. But, goodwill alone rarely reaches scalability; how about sharing WiFi <b>for money</b>? I'm not the first to suggest that, <a href="https://www.opengarden.com/">OpenGarden</a>&nbsp;tried to do it in vain.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm quite certain that the above projects failed because of the need to run custom firmwares on WiFi routers, which is a large friction for homes/offices or individuals who don't know about it or have the right hardware. With the availability of cheaper network hardware, better open network software stack, I think the need gap for sharing WiFi with public for subscription commission can now be achieved.</div><div><br></div><div>How can we do it?</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/52-sharing-wifi-network-with-strangers-for-money-wifi-internet 52 Sat, 23 Nov 2019 12:36:00 +0000