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Open Garden brings Wi-Fi routers into its crowdsourced broadband mesh

on September 11, 2013

Originally posted on Gigaom:

For the last year, Open Garden has been inviting strangers to share their mobile broadband connections. It launched apps that let Android smartphones, tablets and laptops form ad hoc mesh networks, which can coordinate their connections to the internet. Now Open Garden is bringing a device to its crowdsourced broadband network: the Wi-Fi router.

This week, Open Garden launched a new app in Google Play(s goog) called WiFi Opener. The app allows businesses and consumers to register their password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the Open Garden community so any member can access it.

Co-founder Micha Benoliel

Co-founder Micha Benoliel

Open Garden CEO and co-founder Micha Benoliel – who will be speaking at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in October – said he’s a big proponent of open wireless, but that doesn’t mean Open Garden believes that every network should be wide open and unsecure. There are plenty of cafes, conference centers and…

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