Anyfi.net is a software extension for Wi-Fi access points
that makes them compatible with our
Software-Defined Wireless Networking (SDWN) technology.
This platform in turn lets service providers integrate access points from different vendors into a unified
carrier Wi-Fi solution.
That's entirely up to the service provider, or whoever runs the
The exact same embedded software can be used e.g. to
provide remote access to
a secure home Wi-Fi network,
offload mobile data
with end-to-end security and QoE control or
integrate e.g. residential gateways
into a traditional hotspot network.
There is no app. :)
The standard client software that is already installed in every Wi-Fi device
is usually sufficient to seamlessly connect to a carrier Wi-Fi service built on Anyfi.net.
Anyfi.net software is available to all vendors in binary form under
a no-charge royalty-free license. For source code licenses please contact
To use the software you will need a
We provide a free community version,
restricted to a maximum of 100 access points and virtual networks.
For fully supported commercial licenses please contact
If you just want to try it out you can
download firmware images for
a number of popular off the shelf Wi-Fi routers.
Once you have some Anyfi.net enabled equipment you can
download a controller and
step-by-step setup instructions.
If you work for a service provider please don't hesitate to contact
We'll provide you with off-the-shelf access points and walk you through the process.
In academic terms Anyfi.net software is the forwarding data plane portion of our
Software-Defined Wireless Networking (SDWN) implementation for IEEE 802.11. You can think of it
as a sort of "Open vSwitch for Wi-Fi".
In more concrete technical terms it's two userspace Linux daemons that can be
integrated in access points and other networking equipment;
the radio daemon anyfid and the
tunnel termination daemon myfid. They
communicate with each other and an
SDWN controller over UDP/IP, and together
they implement a complete IEEE 802.11 stack.
Like with any Software-Defined Networking architecture the end-user experience is dictated by
a control program running inside the
controller. We provide control programs for
seamless remote access to your
favorite Wi-Fi networks,
secure mobile offload with SIM authentication
and quality of service (QoS) control and
traditional homespot and hotspot applications.
The Hotspot 2.0/Passpoint and Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) initiatives
are both based on the newly ratified IEEE 802.11u standard.
We see Anyfi.net as an "orthogonal" complement to IEEE 802.11u —
Anyfi.net is just a tunneling mechanism that
can tunnel any Wi-Fi network, 802.11u ones included.
Combining the technologies can have important benefits in some deployment scenarios.
For example, Anyfi.net technology ensures
end-to-end encryption by extending the Wi-Fi security mechanism across the backhaul.
This is key to using existing residential gateways for secure mobile Wi-Fi offload.
There is however some overlap between the technologies when it comes to network selection
and cross-operator roaming. The differences and tradeoffs are in user experience,
branding and security. Most imporant is perhaps the security implications of a roaming relationship:
with IEEE 802.11u an operator must expose their RADIUS interface and the plain-text communication of
their subscribers to their roaming partners (and their partners partners...). With Anyfi.net this is
not necessary; each party is fully in control of their own security.
Well FON is a service and Anyfi.net is an enabling technology. A FON-like service
(or even the FON service itself) can be built on top of Anyfi.net, by combining the
Hotspot SDWN App with
a captive portal such as FON's.
Some ISPs see our seamless remote access
solution as an alternative to FON. In this case the difference is in the user experience.
Our solution requires no manual registration or device side software; it's completely automatic — and
just as secure as regular home Wi-Fi. Also, our solution is white label and can be marketed and monetized
in any way the operator sees fit.
Yes! An access point with Anyfi.net software will typically broadcast networks as "semi-hidden"; i.e. the
SSID is not included in the Beacon frame — but Probe Requests from the right STAtions are answered
with the SSID appropriate for that STAtion. This dynamic use of the Multi-BSSID Wi-Fi chipset capability
is much more efficient and essentially allows one access point to serve hundreds of clients, all with their
own impression of the network name.
You can set up a quick proof of concept in your lab using
CarrierWrt, with pre-built
firmware images for a number of popular Wi-Fi
For turn-key carrier Wi-Fi solutions based on Anyfi.net you should contact
Anyfi.net software is easy to integrate — check out the integration guide as a starting point.
If you need any help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.