Another Muni WiFi Network Gets An Early Thumbs Down

from the good-idea-bad-execution dept

Earlier this month, the city of Corpus Christi, Texas launched its municipal WiFi network, which its vendor said was the largest of its kind, covering more than 100 square miles. However, like some other muni WiFi projects, early reviews don't sound too encouraging -- complaints echoed earlier this month in Portland as well. It's the same sort of thing early users in other cities have reported: weak signal strength, low speeds and difficulty connecting. Many of these problems occur when people try to use the services indoors (as one does), highlighting one of the drawbacks of using WiFi for this type of application: it doesn't penetrate buildings well, particularly when the router's at some distance away. Many of the network vendors say users need to buy repeaters to overcome this, something that takes away some of the "free" aspect of these networks, as well as something that takes away from their attraction to visitors. While we remain bullish on the general idea of municipal broadband, it's still not clear at all that WiFi is the best way to deliver it. Many of the muni WiFi "success stories" raise as many questions as they answer, and the truth of how well these networks are working remains pretty muddy. Again, municipal broadband is an idea with a lot of merit, but it looks like a lot of muni-WiFi rollouts are based on the wrong reasons, and are possibly just using the wrong technology.

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    Dave, 28 Mar 2007 @ 10:53am

    Earthlink Ports


    I know there are problems for me with the WiFi system, but if it works for you then that's great.

    One thing I do know for sure and that is Earthlink DOES NOT block port 465. It does block 25 for spamming reasons and a lot of people get other port options from their web host. No company would do something as to block a SSL port on 465.

    I think there may be or have been a configuration problem on the network. You will need to keep trying and let us know. I would guess there will be many changes the next few days. Earhtlink is not the only company that blocks 25 for spam reasons. If it is true that they are blocking the SSL port that would be a major concern!

    Earthlink takes the system over on April 1st and it will be free for a month so maybe they'll have more info on the site after that time.

    Is it just me or does it seem to be a coincidence that the date is April Fools Day?

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