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All you need to know about Fon Spots

Luis Hernandez
posted this on March 17, 2012 04:13

Fon Spots are a key element of Fon because:

  • Routers which have Fon software and Foneras broadcast Fon Spots
  • Fon members share their broadband with other Fon members using Fon Spots
  • Fon members use Fon Spots to connect when they are out and about.

Where do Fon Spots come from?

Fon Spots are created in two ways: Foneras and Fon enabled routers.

  • Foneras: When you add the Fonera to your existing network by plugging it into your ISP's modem and making sure it's connected to the Internet it will start broadcasting the "FON_FREE_INTERNET" signal that creates the Fon Spot.
  • Fon enabled routers: If your ISP is a Fon partner, your current modem might already be broadcasting (or can potentially broadcast) a signal which contains the word "Fon". For example: "FON_ZON_FREE_INTERNET", "Fon_Belgacom", etc. which creates a Fon Spot.

How can I identify Fon Spots?

Fon Spots always contain the word "Fon" in the name of the public signal, for example: FON_FREE_INTERNET. Depending on where in the world you would like to connect you may find Fon Spots created in conjunction with our partners, but these are also identified by the word "Fon".  For example: "Fon_MTC", "FON_ZON_FREE_INTERNET", "Fon_Belgacom", etc.

If you are using the Fon App, this will automatically identify and connect to Fon Spots.

How can I locate Fon Spots?

Fon Spots worldwide can be located in advance using our Maps tool. The Fon App (available for the most popular smartphones) features an embedded version of our Maps enabling you to find Fon Spots on the go. 


What do I need to connect to Fon Spots?

To be able to connect to a Fon Spot you need:

  • A WiFi capable device with a web browser i.e. laptop, smartphone or any other WiFi device which has a browser or a Fon App
  • A Fon account of some sort


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How do I connect to a Fon Spot with a laptop ?


When you are in the vicinity (coverage area) of a Fon Spot:

  • Switch on the wireless capability
  • Select the Fon Spot signal (i.e.: FON_FREE_INTERNET) via the WiFi signal icon in your system tray and connect (click here for specific instructions for your operating system)
  • Open your web browser and a Fon login page will appear. If it doesn't, type in any web address, for example: 'www.wikipedia.org' into your browser's address bar.
  • Log in by entering your username and password - a new web browser window will open confirming that you're connected. 

Note: If you are not a Fon member yet, you can create a Fon account on the Fon login page. If you have just registered and are not yet sharing WiFi with other Fon members,  you will need to purchase a Fon pass to gain access.

How do I connect to a Fon Spot with Android?

To connect to Fon Spots with an Android device we recommend using the Fon App. It will automatically connect you when you're in range of a Fon Spot. 

All you need to do is:


  1. Install the Fon App
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Save your settings
  4. Enjoy WiFi with Fon!


App Screenshots:

To connect to Fon Spots with an iPhone or iPad we recommend using the Fon App. It will automatically connect your device (iPhone/iPad)  when it's in range of a Fon Spot. 


1. Choose between existing member and new to Fon.


2. Enter your Fon account credentials (email and password). 


3. Get ready to install the Fon WiFi Profile.

IMG_0158.PNG 4. Install the Fon WiFi Profile.
IMG_0159.PNG 5. That's it! You are ready to search and connect seamlessly to Fon Spots.


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