Open Garden Turns Your Smartphone Into a Wireless Router

By: Michael Hines - Published: May 31, 2012 • References: opengarden & springwise
The Open Garden app is a new smartphone application designed to boost sagging WiFi signals. The app effectively lets your mobile device act as a router. The Open Garden app was created by a San Francisco-startup of the same name.

Once the app is installed, it broadcasts a device's wireless signal across a 20 meter (65 foot) area. There are few restrictions on the devices that can run the app, but they do need to at least have 3G/4G connectivity, or use a WiFi hotspot or femtocell base. The app is designed primarily for offices with sub-par wireless connections, letting everyone in the office contribute to the quality of the Internet. The Open Garden app could also be used to boost home wireless connections; it would be especially effective in small homes filled with the latest tech. Stats for WiFi-Sharing Apps Trending: Older & Chilly
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