is a relatively new peer-to-peer network connection system, developed by a startup company founded just last year. Its purpose is to help people get their mobile devices connected to the Internet. Unlike most other P2P
systems designed to share data between devices across an Internet connection, Open Garden sets up connections among local devices so that they can share Internet access itself. This sounds similar to tethering
, except that traditional tethering involves networking a person's own equipment, while Open Garden effectively tethers your devices to someone else's (or vice versa) via ad hoc network connections.
To start the process of Internet connection sharing, users must install the Open Garden app (Windows, Android, or Mac OS X) that identifies peer devices on the network including any active Internet connections they are using. You may need to have Bluetooth enabled on your device for Open Garden to work properly. You will definitely want to be careful about who taps into your Internet access, as Open Garden is not responsible for misuse. I personally wouldn't use such a thing in a public location. Would you?
- Open Garden App Downloads
→ See also
- Do You Use Wi-Fi Direct?