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WiF Podcast #2

April 9, 2007

Mike, Dan and Chad

We’re back!

Dan Berte of http://www.wirelessisfun.com/ has edited our 3 hours of recorded ramblings into several bite-sized segments. Dan and I were joined by Mike Puchol of tech.am blog, who is also a founder and CTO of http://www.whisher.com/. We’re demonstrating our rapidly improving style, so look out, http://www.kenradio.com/!

Download segments at: http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/04/09/wif-podcast-2/

SHOW NOTES:

Court rules Vonage must stop using Verizon patents.Vonage claims it has long prepared for this, and customers have no fear of service termination. Mike Snyder, Vonage’s chief executive officer says “Friday’s events represented one small step in what is sure to be a long legal battle.” Vonage, whose shares fell nearly 26% on Friday, also said the litigation would likely take years, but added that it was confident it would continue to provide service to its over 2.2 million subscribers. Will they license from Verizon? Will they patch their code? Is this death for Vonage?
http://gigaom.com/2007/03/23/vonage-has-to-stop-using-verizon-patents/
http://andyabramson.blogs.com/voipwatch/2007/03/the_v_battle.html

EarthLink Unveils Wi-Fi VoIP Phone with wifi router built into base…

This appears to be the same “FON Router with Skype Handset” from July, 2006.
http://wifinetnews.com/archives/007493.html
http://andyabramson.blogs.com/voipwatch/2007/03/earthlink_wifi_.html
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive/gadgets/fon-router-with-skype-handset.html

Fon Blog and Martin Varsavsky release early details of their upcoming “Fontenna”

This will be an external, cable-tethered 7db box.
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive/gadgets/fontenna-update.html
http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/fon/the-secret-is-in-the-fontennas.html

Fon suggests again that their partnership with McAfee makes their product safe.

Deja Vu from Dec 12 last year…
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive//fon-mcafee.html
http://www.mymcafee.com/Partner.aspx
http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/fon/is-fon-safe.html
http://elfonblog.fondoo.net/?p=43

Fon releases firmware upgrades for VOIP phones

They can now log in to Fon hotspots. Is the problem solved? Listener feedback encouraged.
http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/03/23/brief-on-fon/
http://www.fon.com/en/info/whatsNew

Another Fon issue fixed by Apple Computer-

Airport Extreme patch makes it easier to connect to La Fonera now.
http://fonblog.wordpress.com/2007/03/26/mac-osx-patch-for-airport-to-solve-fonera-wpa-issue/
http://wsidecar.apple.com/cgi-bin/nph-reg3rdpty2.pl/product=13259&cat=1&platform=osx&method=sa/AirPortExtremeUpdate2007002.dmg

Melting La Fonera APs…

The infamous YouTube video is probably a hoax, but an expert analysis by Mike Puchol suggests that the electronics may last no more than a year due to heat stress.
http://tech.am/2007/03/17/fonera-overheating-are-we-cooking-yet/
http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/03/19/la-fonera-to-die-in-one-year/

Fon’s upcoming La Fonera 1.5 will have a LAN port

Probably to be based on the slightly better Accton MR3202A 2 Port Mini Router. Since La Foneras have a 2 year warantee, this could mean a free upgrade when the 1.0 fries.
http://tech.am/2007/02/26/new-routers-with-lan-and-usb-ports-but-not-by-fon/
http://www.accton.com/products/product_range/21_weap/MR3202A.htm

Fon will have a Wi-Max/WiFi AP in the future.

La Fonera x will use Wi-Max service instead of Cable/DSL modem.
http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/03/20/fon-wifi-operator-planning-to-deploy-wimax/
http://elfonblog.fondoo.net/?p=19
http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/fon/wimax-and-fon.html

Ericsson halts Wi-Max technology in favor of 3G.

Now only Intel makes the chips.
http://www.wireless-weblog.com/50226711/ericsson_says_goodbye_to_wimax.php

Whisher releases new Mac and Linux clients.

Linux client offers intrim solution to exposed Wi-Fi encryption keys.
http://blog.whisher.com/2007/03/22/linux-version-of-whisher-released/