People often ask about the three sharing modes that Whisher offers - unlike other initiatives, we are not about all or nothing, share or not share, have access or be left outside. Our approach is to let people decide how, when and with whom they want to share, and not be bound by their choice in a way that it affects their ability to interact with the rest of the community.
With this in mind, we created three sharing modes: public, buddies-only, and private.
Public sharing mode
Public mode basically means that anyone with a Whisher client and a registered account can access your WiFi. When you register your WiFi, the credentials needed to access it (WEP or WPA key) are distributed to the rest of the Whisher clients out there in a secure way, so that whilst they can connect, they will never see your key. Whisher keeps logs of connections to your WiFi, and these will be available soon in a private account page at whisher.com for you to review.
Buddies-only sharing mode
If you are not ready to share with the rest of the community, but would rather start with your friends and relatives, or maybe you want to setup a small community WiFi network with your neighbors, then this mode is for you. The credentials to access your WiFi are distributed only to those Whisher users you have added to your buddy list, so controlling your sharing becomes as easy as managing buddies - don’t want to allow someone to connect any longer? Remove them from your buddy list. Someone coming to visit and you don’t want to go through the hassle of giving them the key to your WiFi? Add them to your buddy list, and when they arrive, they will be able to connect transparently.
Private sharing mode
If you are downloading important stuff, you probably want to enjoy the full speed your broadband connection offers. Simply enable private mode, and even those in your buddy list will be denied access - saving those users who you have added as VIP.
VIP you say?
When you enable private mode, you may want to keep some Whisher users connected, such as your family members or close friends, thus, all you have to do is add them to your VIP list. This is very simple, just select them on the local WiFi users list, right-click, and choose the ‘Add as VIP’ option from the popup menu. You will see a star next to their name, meaning they are now VIPs. To remove a VIP, you can either right-click on the user again and reverse the process, or you can open the WiFi profile window, where you will see all the VIP users you have added.
As you can see, sharing your WiFi with Whisher is safe, fun and hassle-free. You don’t have to wait for things to happen, fight unfamiliar hardware and settings, or install extra equipment - if your existing WiFi works, you can share it!