Fon lets you download without your computer
I don't know if you guys know about the Fon router, I have personally used one for ages. It is a community based project, the thinking is that a lot of people buy fon routers, and with the router you get a passcode. If you're anywhere in the world and you find a Fon router, you can use that password to use it for free. People without Fon passwords can also use your Fon router for a small fee, so you can also earn from buying one.
Now, the Fon 2.0 router is out, which allows you to download to a pendrive, external hard drive, upload to YouTube, all that fun stuff, but without having your PC or laptop turned on! Just set up a Youtube upload, add some torrent files, switch off your laptop, and the download/upload goes on. There are tons of cool apps built into the firmware, as the screencast about it says, it's like a mini Linux in there.
The price is EUR 50, which is roughly $65 now. Compared to the price of the old Fon this is pricey, but not compared to other top of the line routers which can't do half as much. I purchased three routers pooling with my friends for about $10 each, and I have been using it since, it really is a great piece of hardware, so I can't wait to get my hands on the new one. Even if you don't need these functions check it out, you will be helping out a great cause. I don't travel as much, but one of my friends spends all his time doing so and he finds Fon routers everywhere in the World!
Update: Fon has released smartphone applications for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system which you can use to connect to Fon networks easily.
The apps provide you with the same level of access that you would get if you would connect using a laptop or mobile computer. Features include saving hotspot regions for offline access, usage statistics, speed tests and automatic connections.
When will this be released in the UK?
I wrote about such a device in my blog a couple of weeks ago. Great to see that such a thing exists!