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Saturday, 25 April 2009

WeFi fixes bugs but only works on ancient phones

WeFi Wi-Fi tool
UPDATE: WeFi now works on newer phones (S60 3rd ed. feature pack 2, S60 5th ed.) too.

The built-in connection manager of your Symbian phone can tell you which Wi-Fi networks are within reach of your phone, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can really connect to them. And if it doesn't detect WLAN networks, it won't tell you if there are wireless networks nearby that you can use if you take a short walk.

WeFi tries to fix that. It analyses the nearby networks to check if they're really free and open and helps you connect to the best available network.

WeFi also maintains a community-generated online list of free, open Wi-Fi access points. Using this feature requires that you already have a live internet connection, but it might be a useful method to find out about open Wi-Fi availability before you hit the road. But don't expect too much. The WeFi community is quite small, so the vast majority of open access points is absent from the WeFi database.

The latest version of WeFi fixes a few bugs and connects you more efficiently. Unfortunately WeFi only works on a very limited set of Symbian phones. You'll need an older S60 3rd ed. Nokia with Feature Pack 1. If you have Feature Pack 2 you can not use WeFi. Those with newer phones can get partial WeFi functionality with the WeFi add-on for fring.


UPDATE: WeFi now works on newer phones (S60 3rd ed. feature pack 2, S60 5th ed.) too.

WeFi is not only for your phone. It also works on Windows and Mac, so you can use it to connect your laptop to the best free open networks too.

If you don't like WeFi try FreeAir.

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