Tales from the Towers, Chapter 8: Half of something is better than nothing, but why settle?

This is Chapter 8 of Rory Conaway’s series, “Tales From The Towers”, about setting up a large scale Wi-Fi network. If you have not yet done so, read Chapter 7: One Size Does Not Fit All. Our network is pretty inexpensive but it suffers from first generation bandwidth problems of losing 50 percent of the […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 7: One size does not fit all

In this installment of Rory Conaway’s “Tales From The Towers”, he discusses the different types of antennas that can be used for large scale Wi-Fi networks. Before we continue developing the system further, it’s a good idea to discuss all the various antenna designs that go into a municipal design process.  I’ve described one type […]

More Wi-Fi in trains, this time in Australia

Wi-Fi on public transport is such a hot topic these days and there isn’t a railway operator in the world that is not deploying or actively looking into installing Wi-Fi on their trains. Now, Railcorp, a state-owned enterprise in Australia that runs the passenger rail service covering Sydney, its suburbs, the Central Coast, Hunter, the […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 6: Free is not a business plan

Our system is installed and our credit card maxed out. Now, we have to either pay for it or figure out how it’s going to save what we invested in it. As an income based system, it’s pretty easy to figure out a direct correlation between expenses and revenue. If there is some kind of […]

Minneapolis citywide WiFi network featured in The Atlantic

The Atlantic is running a series called The Future of the City and one of the articles is about the Minneapolis muni WiFi network owned and managed by US Internet. The article is an interview with Minneapolis city CIO, Lynn Willenbring, who explains why the city decided on the anchor tenant model (US Internet owns […]