Has publicip.net gone bust?
Has PublicIP.net shut down?
PublicIP.net is (or was) a system for people wanting to share their internet to the public via a system of vouchers, etc. It uses a boot CD to turn a PC into a smart gateway that would then interface with PublicIP’s servers to handle user authentication, etc.
Unfortunately, a week or more ago, their SSL certificate expired; meaning that people creating vouchers had to accept the expired certificate to proceed.
Today, their server gives the error “SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length.”
This is either good news (they are trying to fix it but don’t quite know how) or bad news.
I don’t know of any other easy to use free working systems that don’t rely on Windows’ Internet Sharing. (Windows sharing is easily overloaded by too many P2P users.)
Time will tell. Of course, with more and more people buying their own wireless internet services; the ability to provide public wireless access at a cost is likely to diminish. Indeed, McDonalds has already given up and now provides their access free.