Philly's Citywide Mesh Wi-Fi Net Will be a Challenge

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:20
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The city of Philadelphia plans to invest in a new wireless mesh network based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard, and officials hope to turn the 135-square-mile city into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot. The project is not without its challenges, however.

“Even though a similar mesh network is operating in Chaska, Minn., that doesn’t mean it will work in Philly,” Krzywicki said. “The Chaska network is small. The one planned in Philadelphia is much larger, with all the complications of connecting hundreds of users in any given location at the same time.”
Earlier this month, the city of Philadelphia announced its plans to invest in a new wireless mesh network based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard. By deploying Wi-Fi antennas on street lights and other traffic control devices, city officials hope they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot, the city said on its Web site.
In comparison, the Chaska Wi-Fi network covers about 13 square miles.

Read more at ComputerWorld.com.


The city of Philadelphia plans to invest in a new wireless mesh network based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard, and officials hope to turn the 135-square-mile city into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot. The project is not without its challenges, however.

“Even though a similar mesh network is operating in Chaska, Minn., that doesn’t mean it will work in Philly,” Krzywicki said. “The Chaska network is small. The one planned in Philadelphia is much larger, with all the complications of connecting hundreds of users in any given location at the same time.”
Earlier this month, the city of Philadelphia announced its plans to invest in a new wireless mesh network based on the Wi-Fi 802.11b standard. By deploying Wi-Fi antennas on street lights and other traffic control devices, city officials hope they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world’s largest wireless Internet hot spot, the city said on its Web site.
In comparison, the Chaska Wi-Fi network covers about 13 square miles.

Read more at ComputerWorld.com.

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