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LinSpot offers instant \'hotspot\' billing solution

updated 12:50 am EST, Wed March 3, 2004

LinSpot \'hotspot\' software

LinSpot today announced software to turn any regular WiFi equipment into a commercial hotspot. for Mac OS X handles all billing services and offers a no cost, instant profit opportunity for those who want to provide wireless internet access in their area. The LinSpot software is easy to install and configures automatically, features end-to-end encryption, automatic self-updating, and both PayPal and credit card support. LinSpot works with any WiFi router, including Apple's AirPort and LinkSys WiFi routers. The company charges only a 15% fee for its services on sold Internet Access. Windows and Linux versions are expected to ship soon.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Linspot is a rip-off

    Who's going to use Linspot in an area where there are 5 other wireless access points providing access for free?

    Even if your connection cost you $50USD a month to provide, it's about $1.67 a *day* to cover your costs and Linspot wants to charge users $5USD? They should allow you to pick the rate you want to charge and just charge you for the software if they expect to survive. Most individuals who buy this service won't be ones paying for a T1, it's marketed towards those who pay $40-$50 for DSL or cable. I know I wouldn't pay someone for one hour what it costs them to have broadband in their home for a day.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hotspot billing

    I think whether a location decides to charge for wi-fi or not is a decision best made based on the overall popularity of the hotspot. A nice happy medium for busy hotspots is free access with minimum purchase or perhaps tied to a gift card. Just depends on the location.


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