Fans of FreeWLAN, will take an interest in FrancoFON. Both of these projects have designed firmware plugins, which improve Fon’s La Fonera v1.x wifi router firmware. They impliment features that Fon stripped out of open-source OpenWRT, or enhance existing features.
Here are the highlights of the current version 2.23.6:
- Antenna power tuning
- Better firewall
- Blacklist for sites that may never be visited from public network
- Configuration can be backed up and restored
- Diagnostic windows allowing to run command on La Fonera directly from admin console.
- Display last version available. (in red if version is not up to date)
- DNS modifications
- DynDNS management.
- Firmware Can be upgraded from an alternative server
- Hosts file management
- Internet feed may be aquired in wifi client (ponte2) mode instead of from Ethernet port, relay it as Fon hotspot
- Local user management
- MAC addresses may be banned from public and private network, with scheduler.
- Multiple languages; English, French and Roman
- Port forwarding wizard
- PPPoE password now permits @ and / characters, up to length of 64 characters
- Private network SSID can be hidden
- Private signal still present in ponte2 mode
- Real time display for private and public connections.
- Real Time display of status and ID of connected Foneros.
- Reboot/connection notification by mail
- Remote reboot
- Reserve address on private network (static DNS?)
- Router may be given a name (hostname?)
- Router SSH administration may be enabled/disabled
- Router web administration via Ethernet port may be enabled/disabled.
- Time-zone Configuration
- Whitelist for sites that may always be visited from public network (without logging in)
This is very similar to the feature-set of FreeWLAN. Both projects support multiple languages, but if you are interested in joining development, speakers of German may prefer FreeWLAN, while speakers of French may prefer FrancoFON.
Though this edition dates from May 15, 2008, FrancoFON is back from holiday with the September Newsletter, and have plans to enhance the La Fonera Plus/2 router next!