St. Cloud Sees Muni-WiFi Woes

from the wonky-wireless dept

St. Cloud, Florida, has attracted some attention for being the first place in the US to roll out free citywide WiFi service. One month in, the city of 28,000's 15-square-mile network is hitting some road bumps, with users complaining about dead spots and weak signal strength. It's only been a month, so it's still too early to condemn the network, but the tale does serve as a reminder that despite all the hype surrounding citywide WiFi, it remains something of an unproven commodity, both technically and financially. Municipal WiFi is a compelling idea that offers lots of benefits beyond just simple internet access. But the hype surrounding it is deafening, and it's pretty obvious that these networks are going to have some teething pains, and it's going to be a while -- if ever -- before they deliver all their promised benefits.

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    Michael, 19 Oct 2006 @ 4:32pm

    The Weak Link

    I would like to shed some light on Muni-Fi for St. Cloud FL... The City is 100% covered. It is covered with very strong signal 4000 Mw. The problem for anyone that is having a connection issue is YOUR equipment. The average wireless card in a laptop or desktop broadcasts back at 30Mw. So as you can see, your equipment is the reason you don't have good performance. There are all kinds of equipment out there that can help your individual needs. I suggest seeking professional advice to obtain professional results. Sunshine PC Solutions is the City of St. Clouds referred Wireles specialist and can help you get connected! www.sunshinepcsolutions.com

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