WMWifiRouter today was updated to a new beta version, 0.97. The update builds on the last version’s bug fixes with new functionality.
The popular application is known for easily enabling a Wi-Fi enabled Windows Mobile phone to work as a Wi-Fi access point. In addition to new bug fixes and overall stability, the update adds support for WEP encryption to the application.
While WEP encryption has been possible with WMWifiRouter in the past, the process of doing so was difficult, and did not always work properly. This update builds WEP encryption into the application itself, allowing you to define a pre-shared key, which will prohibit unauthorized use of a user’s shared connection.
While WPA is preferred to WEP today, Windows Mobile (as well as most ad-hoc connections) do not support WPA client-to-client, but rather, only between a client device and a Wi-Fi access point. Regardless, this lower-level of security still should allow users to have their WMWifiRouter-enabled device not be accessed by any typical user nearby.
In addition to the aforementioned changes, the latest release of WMWifiRouter adds a new interface to make the application easier to use on Windows Mobile Standard devices.
WMWifiRouter, previously freeware available at no charge, has gone commercial, as PhoneNews.com previously reported. The updated application is a trial and a beta release, with the final version expected to cost between 10 and 20 Euros.