Netgear and Facebook partner on Facebook Wi-Fi initiative

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Netgear has partnered with Facebook to offer Facebook Wi-Fi to small businesses. Facebook Wi-Fi is an application that lets merchants offer free Internet access to customers when they “check in” at the Facebook Page of a business. Netgear is making the Facebook Wi-Fi login available on their premium line of next-gen wireless routers that support dual-band 802.11ac wireless.

Small business owners are able to turn their Netgear 802.11ac router into a wireless hotspot where customers and visitors are automatically requested to check into a businesses’ Facebook Page before surfing the Internet. Businesses can build closer relationships with customers by sharing offers and announcements directly from their Facebook Page.

“Cafes, book stores, barber shops and other small businesses have been providing WiFi to their clientele for several years,” stated David Henry, VP of product management for Netgear’s Retail Business. “We’re adding the Facebook Wi-Fi login to our newest line of premium dual-band 802.11ac routers to encourage merchants to take better advantage of this benefit they’re already offering. They develop a stronger bond with customers and extend brand visibility with each check-in that appears in Facebook News Feed.”