WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING the birth pains of Google's idea to position free Wi-Fi hotspots in San Francisco for quite some time now, and it seems that all the efforts of major Gabe Newton and Google resulted with a stillborn baby.
A lot of other US cities also have major problems with putting a free wireless network out there, but as a reason for failure of many projects TV experts blame classical providers, who don't want to see their traditional model of revenue going down the drain.
However, here in Toronto - things are rather different. Thanks to the lads from Wireless Nomad, we found a spot in St. James Park, and enjoyed free internet access.
Signup was easy, and after that filing stories could continue... truth to be told, uploading pics at 8KB/s is slow - but doable and free.
Wireless Nomad is a small ISP that is reselling DSL access, which is obviously legal with Canadian laws. Once that user subscribe to Wireless Nomad service, it gets more than just a DSL subscription.
What actually that user gets is a Wireless Nomad DSL connection - bought from a DSL service seller and invisible to people - that uses a wireless router modded with the OpenWRT protocol.
As such, anyone who encounters a Wi-Fi signal from one of these routers can do a free signup for the service and surf for free after that. The owner of the DSL connection can use Chillispot to control the number of users hooked onto his router, but the main idea is sharing the net connection without losing speed.
Truth told, your net connection is capped at 8 KB/s (64 Kbps), but who cares, as long as the connection is free. µ
It's an onomatopoeic week for Google
Hope that free lunch was delicious
It's like Bixby being terrible never happened
Notch to be outdone