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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    Logic, 25 Aug 2007 @ 4:31pm

    Saint Cloud Got Ripped

    I am a computer tecnition here in saint cloud and i can tell you cyber spot is not set up correctly. you would think an entity like HP whould have done a better job ive even heard rumers of defective routers do to water leaks I have a direct line of site to a node and still get a poor signel. dont get me wrong when its working it works well however it dosent work well all the time and no matter how good of a connection you get i get 75% some times (for a wile atleast)the spped drops below 1 mbps witch makes it inpossabe to get on a secure page like a bank statement or some email adresses the routers are substanderd and shound be half as far away frome eachouther then they are also some application that require port fowerding cant be used

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