(Click HERE for other tips, and HERE for other GPS POIs)

On the forums I see lot of questions regarding BT FON, and I’ve not seen a simple FAQ suitable for motorhomers, so I thought I’d write one to save me typing the same answers all the time!  Any questions just ask in the page comment section.

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 What is FON?

FON is “yet another” wifi hotspot company, though the difference to the norm is that they have teamed up with BT, so if you have BT Home Broadband then you can use all FON spots, globally free of charge.  FON is a sharing community, so if you join it, BT will also allow others to use your home broadband link (as you will be using others).  Worry not, this is separate and secure and does not use your monthly bandwidth allowance.

How do you join?

Since 2009 BT have automatically opted all new Broadband customers in – so just look at your WiFi networks in range of your home – if you have something like BT Homehub-A7B8 and BTOpenzone/BTFon then it is likely you are enrolled.  Simply try connecting to the FON/Openzone WiFi hotspot and see if you can access it!

If you aren’t registered – click HERE (BT Site)

What is my username/password?

Your username will be your BT Internet one, so fred7ab@btinternet.com and your password will be the password for this account.  If you don’t know, contact BT HERE

(Note:  On some logon screens, you will need to select “BT TOTAL BROADBAND” as your provider – NOT BT Openzone.  This may be a select button or a pull-down selection.  Sometimes, when you select BT Total Broadband the screen will refresh on another page)

On some pages, where you enter your username there may be faintly written underneath the box “@btinternet.com” – if you see this, you only need to enter the first part of your username – e.g. fred7ab as it will assume the @btinternet.com part

Example of Logging on

Here are some pictures of me logging on to a UK BT Openzone wifi hotspot.  First I simply connected WiFi to BT Openzone, and once connected opened up Internet Explorer.  You should then be presented with a logon page (actual pages vary).

The important thing is to remember you have a BT Total Broadband account – you do NOT have a FON or BT Openzone account.  So in this example, “tick” the BT Total Broadband box and type in your full username/password (then “login”).  You will then be presented with a screen confirming login was successful, and then you can use the internet as normal.

After 15 mins of inactivity or sometimes randomly you will be asked to log in again.

   

Finding remote FON spots

In the UK this is trivial due to the number of BT FON points, but abroad it is harder.  Also remember your laptop built-in WiFi only has a real range of maybe 10-15 meters, so finding a FON spot within that range is going to be very tough.  In my opinion you NEED a long-range wifi aerial (see HERE) – the one pictured here is the USB Rocket and gives a range of up to 500m (though 1-200m is more realistic).

You can see in the picture in the example above, my normal laptop WiFi (“Wireless network connection”) only sees a single wifi signal (2 bars) which I can’t access, but the rocket shows a BT home hub as well as the FON spots (4 bars power, and the other signal that was 2 bars now has full power). In this case the FON spot was about 150m away.  Without the rocket I’d not be able to access…

FON spots don’t always have the same name, so just look out for any with FON in the name!

GPS POI Locations of FON Spots

FON provide up-to-date locations of hotspots on http://maps.fon.com which is great if you are online but chocolate-teapot if you are not.  There are also Apple and Andoid apps which may allow you to take a snapshot of an area when online so you can access later.

I also have some

POI files of the locations which can be useful if you need to have internet access for some reason – and as has full offline maps it is the best solution.  No point sticking in your satnav as there are so many your satnav may not cope.

For simplicity, all downloads been moved to a single page.  Click HERE to get the free downloads

Raw data for all European countries are listed below, these are CSV format so you can do with them what you like and import the into

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What if I’m not with BT Broadband?

You have 3 choices, 1 – rejoin BT Broadband as this is one of their benefits; 2 – ask a family member who is a BT Broadband user for their username and password (ahem – thanks Dad!); 3 – buy a FON router and subscribe to that.

Details for option 3 are HERE (FON site) and this allows you to use your alternative broadband provider as well as share with BT FON.  This does however use your bandwidth allowance and may not be ideal….

Other FON POI Raw data

The following downloads should always be up to date

  1. FR – France
  2. JP – Japan
  3. DE – Germany
  4. ES – Spain
  5. US – United States
  6. IT – Italy
  7. TW – Taiwan
  8. SE – Sweden
  9. KR – South Korea
  10. NL – Netherlands
  11. UK – United Kingdom
  12. HK – Hong Kong
  13. FI – Finland
  14. PT – Portugal
  15. CN – China
  16. AT – Austria
  17. DK – Denmark
  18. BE – Belgium
  19. HU – Hungary
  20. CA – Canada
  21. AC – Ascension island
  22. AD – Andorra
  23. AE – United Arab Emirates
  24. AF – Afghanistan
  25. AL – Albania
  26. AN – Netherlands Antilles
  27. AO – Angola
  28. AQ – Antarctica
  29. AR – Argentina
  30. AS – American Samoa
  31. AU – Australia
  32. AW – Aruba
  33. AX – Iles
  34. AZ – Azerbaijan
  35. BA – Bosnia and Herzegovina
  36. BB – Barbados
  37. BD – Bangladesh
  38. BF – Burkina Faso
  39. BG – Bulgaria
  40. BH – Bahrain
  41. BJ – Benin
  42. BM – Bermuda
  43. BO – Bolivia
  44. BR – Brazil
  45. BS – Bahamas
  46. BT – Bhutan
  47. BY – Belarus
  48. BZ – Belize
  49. CC – Cocos Keeling Islands
  50. CD – Congo
  51. CH – Switzerland
  52. CI – Ivory Coast
  53. CL – Chile
  54. CM – Cameroon
  55. CO – Colombia
  56. CR – Costa Rica
  57. CS – Serbia and Montenegro
  58. CV – Cape Verde
  59. CY – Cyprus
  60. CZ – Czech Republic
  61. DM – Dominica
  62. DO – Dominican Republic
  63. DZ – Algeria
  64. EC – Ecuador
  65. EE – Estonia
  66. EG – Egypt
  67. EH – Western Sahara
  68. ET – Ethiopia
  69. FJ – Fiji
  70. GA – Gabon
  71. GD – Grenada
  72. GE – Georgia
  73. GF – French Guiana
  74. GG – Guernsey
  75. GH – Ghana
  76. GL – Greenland
  77. GP – Guadeloupe
  78. GQ – Equatorial Guinea
  79. GR – Greece
  80. GT – Guatemala
  81. GY – Guyana
  82. HM – Heard and McDonald islands
  83. HN – Honduras
  84. HR – Croatia
  85. HT – Haiti
  86. ID – Indonesia
  87. IE – Ireland
  88. IL – Israel
  89. IM – Man Island
  90. IN – India
  91. IQ – Iraq
  92. IR – Iran
  93. IS – Iceland
  94. JE – Jersey
  95. JM – Jamaica
  96. JO – Jordan
  97. KE – Kenya
  98. KH – Cambodia
  99. KI – Kiribati
  100. KP – North Korea
  101. KW – Kuwait
  102. KY – Cayman Islands
  103. LB – Lebanon
  104. LC – Saint Lucia
  105. LI – Liechtenstein
  106. LT – Lithuania
  107. LU – Luxembourg
  108. LV – Latvia
  109. MA – Morocco
  110. MC – Monaco
  111. MG – Madagascar
  112. MK – Macedonia
  113. ML – Mali
  114. MM – Myanmar
  115. MN – Mongolia
  116. MO – Macao
  117. MQ – Martinique
  118. MT – Malta
  119. MU – Mauritius
  120. MV – Maldives
  121. MX – Mexico
  122. MY – Malaysia
  123. NA – Namibia
  124. NC – New Caledonia
  125. NG – Nigeria
  126. NI – Nicaragua
  127. NO – Norway
  128. NZ – New Zealand
  129. OM – Oman
  130. PA – Panama
  131. PE – Peru
  132. PF – French Polynesia
  133. PG – Papua New Guinea
  134. PH – Philippines
  135. PK – Pakistan
  136. PL – Poland
  137. PR – Puerto Rico
  138. PS – Palestinian Territory
  139. PW – Palau
  140. PY – Paraguay
  141. QA – Qatar
  142. RE – Reunion
  143. RO – Romania
  144. RU – Russian Federation
  145. SA – Saudi Arabia
  146. SG – Singapore
  147. SI – Slovenia
  148. SK – Slovakia
  149. SM – San Marino
  150. SN – Senegal
  151. SO – Somalia
  152. SR – Suriname
  153. SV – El Salvador
  154. SZ – Swaziland
  155. TH – Thailand
  156. TJ – Tajikistan
  157. TN – Tunisia
  158. TR – Turkey
  159. TT – Trinidad and Tobago
  160. UA – Ukraine
  161. UG – Uganda
  162. UY – Uruguay
  163. UZ – Uzbekistan
  164. VC – St Vincent and Grenadines
  165. VE – Venezuela
  166. VI – Virgin Islands
  167. VN – Viet Nam
  168. YE – Yemen
  169. YU – Serbia and Montenegro
  170. ZA – South Africa
  171. ZM – Zambia
  172. ZW – Zimbabwe