Bellevue, Washington free Wi-Fi hotzone: almost 50 percent iPhone, iPod Touch users

The city of Bellevue, Washington has had a Wi-Fi hotzone with free access in its central business district since 2007. The city owns the network, but it is managed by HarborLink, an ISP based in Dayton, Ohio. The network uses 28 Cisco 802.11b/g wireless mesh access points and covers an area of 0.66 square miles […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 4: You Should Never Hang APs With Your Spouse

The low-budget Muni-wireless system is ready to be deployed.  We have identified the perfect one square mile area to be covered.  The streetlights are 25’ tall and exactly 660 feet apart with full time electric power.  There are no trees and the houses are 20’ tall and made of wood.  Nobody in the area owns […]

Municipal wireless networks in Spain

This southern European country is undergoing a Wi-Fi revolution. Until recently, only a few cities have launched modest Wi-Fi projects. Since regulatory and technical issues have been clarified, more cities have deployed municipal wireless networks, and many others are currently in the planning stage. Specifically, since Barcelona decided in 2008 to deploy two city-wide Wi-Fi […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 3: Deploying wireless networks in unlicensed bands

This is the third installment of my “Tales from the Towers” series of articles about deploying large scale Wi-Fi networks in unlicensed bands. The theme: share and share alike. Although we were going to discuss putting access points (APs) on the poles in this week’s article, an incident occurred last week that I think is […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 2: Wireless Access Point Secrets You Didn’t Share with your Parents

Continuing the discussion of the budget muni wireless network requires analyzing the front line component, the Access Point (AP). There are many variations of APs. They all have features and capabilities that provide enhancements in certain environments. Some of the APs break the practical limit of 20-30 users by using multiple radios in a single […]