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Start-up helps sell access to your WLAN

LinSpot announced on Wednesday it is offering free software that allows individuals to sell access to their own wireless local area network. The company will handle the billing, and the software, LinSpot 1.0, offers encryption features. The software runs on the Mac OS X operating system and can work with any access point. LinSoft is developing versions of the software for the Windows and Linux operating systems.

Access to the wireless network costs $2.50 for an hour and $25 for a month. LinSpot will charge a 15 percent fee for its services. LinSoft is a trademark of Biontrix, but it is working to incorporate into an independent company soon, according to a statement. Start-up Joltage employed a similar business model before shuttering operations in early 2003.