Sharing your Wi-Fi connection with visitors became much easier from iOS 11 thanks to a pop-up asking you if you would allow a visitor iOS device to participate. But a new gadget makes the process even easier and also works for Android phones …
Wifi Porter is a wooden puck with an embedded NFC chip. Use an app to transfer your Wi-Fi login to the block once, and then all guests have to make their phone on it and they are automatically connected – no action required by your site.
The Verge notes a big difference between this and existing products on the market.
Wi-Fi NFC patches of this kind have existed for years, but WiFi Ports is one of the first to be able to connect anyone to a wireless network without requiring them to have a companion app pre-installed on their phone. Considering that many of these ports are likely to end up in coffee shops and other public spaces, you do not need to install a new piece of software to connect. It's a big positive.
iPhone compatibility is limited to iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Although the iPhone 6 and beyond have an NFC chip, they were limited to Apple Pay usage until the 2018 models.
There is a plan B, but on the back of WiFi ports is a QR code. Scan it with the storage camera app, and older iPhones running iOS 11 or higher connect.
Prices range from $ 39.95 to a single unit, to $ 129 for a four-pack. Pucks can be wall mounted or freestanding.
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