Tuesday, August 05, 2008

JoikuSpot Light v2.1 Beta S60v3 SymbianOS [Updated - 31st July '08]

JoikuSpot is FREE and SECURE Mobile HotSpot solution that turns Nokia phones to a WLAN HotSpot.

JoikuSpot software is installed directly to the phone. When switched on, laptops and iPods can establish instant, secure and fast WLAN connection via smartphone's JoikuSpot HotSpot using phone's own 3G internet connection.

Multiple devices can connect to JoikuSpot in parallel and seamlessly share the same 3G internet connection.

You can use JoikuSpot to access internet e.g. on the train, car, sailing boat, summer cottage, hotel, while walking, or when at remote office...where ever you are!

Release notes for JoikuSpot Light:
-Landing page works with all operators
-Encryption support with WEP including 128bit key generator
-Battery threshold shutting down the client when battery level is too low
-Default Access point setting
-Support for secure SSH tunnels with Putty
-MapSpot 1.0 support for GPS HotSpot location identification with external mapping services such as Google Maps

All settings can be adjusted after JoikuSpot is stopped, just press the Stop key.

Please uninstall the previous version before updating your JoikuSpot. Just go Tools --> Application management on your Nokia phone.

JoikuSpot works with Nokia S60 3rd Ed phones. For Windows Mobile version, please download WMWifiRouter.

JoikuSpot requires that you have a working Internet connection in the phone. WAP connection sharing is NOT supported.

Please make sure that you have the latest firmware on the phone. You can easily update it with Nokia Software Updater.

JoikuSpot Light supports HTTP and HTTPS protocols. This means that you can browse web and also secure sites (webmails, banks). HTTPS requires that "Automatic proxy configuration" is set on your web browser. See User guide for easy setup.

Other protocols such as IMAP (mail) or FTP are not part of Light Edition. We will soon launch a commercial Premium Edition with full protocol support. Light Edition will continue to stay free.

HTTPS settings for Apple iTouch:
Go Settings --> Wi-fi and select JoikuSpot network. Go to bottom and set HTTP proxy to Auto. TIP for some phone models and iTouch combinations:
Try auto configuration url or set HTTPS proxy as port 80

Known issues:

-JoikuSpot has been tested successfully with several laptops: Fujitsu-Siemens, Apple Macbook, Dell, HP and new IBM models seem to work well. Older laptops might have an issue with the WLAN chipset.

-PSP and Nintendo DS require WLAN infrastructure mode and
Symbian does not support it yet. We are looking into it and discussing with Symbian.

-If you have firewall program installed in your smartphone (F-Secure Mobile Security e.g.), try lowering the security level. We shall do a fix for this to final version.

-Some operators (at least in UK) require that you have to go to their store and prove that you are over 18 in order to browse the web. Otherwise you will be limited just to their own sites. This in not a bug in JoikuSpot, it also applies to all web surfing. Try accessing the web through 3G first with phone's web browser to see if your access is limited.

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