Anyfi.net is a software extension for existing Wi-Fi access points. This software extension
makes your favourite Wi-Fi networks available from the closest access point, wherever you happen to be. It's like your
networks follow you around, without you having to do anything.
Well, your own of course. :) With Anyfi.net there is no "second SSID with an open network" — it's much smarter than that.
we simply make your own favourite Wi-Fi network magically appear, where and when you need it.
There is no app. :)
We use the standard client software that is already installed in every Wi-Fi device.
Since each device will find exactly the network it is looking for it will
automatically connect and authenticate using the standard Wi-Fi security mechanism.
It's free! :) The software is available to all vendors under
a no-charge royalty-free license. In the future we
may have to ask the end-user to pay a small fee for access to some access points.
Anyfi Networks also provides carrier Wi-Fi solutions based on this platform.
If you are an ISP interested in leveraging Anyfi.net to create mobile Wi-Fi services for your subscribers please contact
request an evaluation.
If you just want to try it out you can buy equipment with the software pre-integrated or
download a firmware images for a number of popular off the shelf Wi-Fi routers.
If you're a vendor looking to integrate the software in your equipment you can download it right here.
Absolutely not! Each user can only access their own Wi-Fi network, but they can do so remotely.
When a visitor connects through an Anyfi.net enabled access point their traffic never touches the LAN. Instead it
it is sent out through the WAN connection wrapped in a
Wi-Fi over IP tunnel. In fact, you can be absolutely sure that a visitor's traffic can
never accidentally leak into your LAN (even if there is a defect in our software) simply because it is theoretically
the visitor's traffic is encrypted and the key needed to decrypt it is not even available in the visited access point.
Remote access to your Wi-Fi network through Anyfi.net is
protected with the same Wi-Fi security mechanism that is normally used to prevent unauthorized access over the air.
On top of this standards-based security Anyfi.net adds some
hardening against Internet-based brute force attacks.
No, not really. Anyfi.net
will mostly use the bandwidth you don't need anyway.
Anyfi.net software constantly measures and prioritizes both bandwidth and
Whenever there is a risk that the primary function of
the access point (e.g. to provide home Wi-Fi to a residential subscriber) may be impacted by
a visiting user the software automatically throttles the visitor to prevent such impact.
We call it spectrum aware traffic prioritization.
It's very important, especially when the visitor has a poor radio link and may otherwise
consume a lot of spectrum.
Some Internet service providers implement usage-based pricing. At this time we do not recommend enabling
Anyfi.net in your equipment if you have usage-based pricing without first consulting your ISP.
Certainly not. Anyfi.net technology can be used to provide secure remote access to any Wi-Fi network, using
any standard Wi-Fi security mechanism. It works fine with WPA/WPA2 Entreprise as well.
The enterprise user experience is very much the same; if you have successfully connected to your corporate WLAN your device will
automatically connect whenever you come close to another Anyfi.net enabled access point.
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.
Anyfi.net is very different from FON: it makes your own Wi-Fi network(s)
accessible through any access point. It doesn't come with it's own branding or user-experience — as FON does,
it's just a transparent extension of the normal Wi-Fi user experience in a mobile context.
Anyfi.net can however be used to build carrier Wi-Fi solutions that resemble FON. If you're interested in such solutions
please contact Anyfi Networks.
Yes! An Anyfi.net access point doesn't start broadcasting a particular SSID until a device with a preference for that
network is close by. This means that the Multi-BSSID capablity of the hardware is used much more efficiently,
and in effect makes it possible to have an infinite number of SSIDs — just not all at the same time on the
same access point.
Anyfi.net software is available for download here.
We also provide a reference integration for CarrierWrt,
an OpenWrt overlay.
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.