By Eric Griffith
April 4, 2007
Mac OS X users can now use the Devicescape software to automatically sign on to their favorite hotspots or municipal networks.
In January, Devicescape Software officially unveiled this new connection software, which allows devices — someday, even those without an interface, also known as “headless devices” — to connect automatically to commercial Wi-Fi networks.
At the time, the software was limited to Windows XP SP2, Windows Mobile 5, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, and the Linksys WIP300 VoIP phone. Since then, Devicescape has added support for Windows Vista, Nokia’s N800 Tablet, and, as of today, Mac laptops.
Devicescape’s software doesn’t give free access — you still need an account with your favorite Wi-Fi hotspot provider(s) — but it makes the sign-on instant and invisible, assuming Devicescape has the information on how to sign in to the network. That’s data the company is adding all the time. Currently, Devicescape supports 60 public network providers, including big names like T-Mobile Hotspots, BT OpenZone, and EarthLink’s municipal networks. They also support many networks on university campuses.