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Wireless Networking

Submission + - Madison Municipal WiFi failure?

An anonymous reader writes: As reported here, ResTech, one of the vendors providing municipal wif,i has pulled out of the network. From the article, the vendor said that "most of his customers who canceled said they just couldn't get a reliable signal...Actually, that was typically the reason why (customers left). When they were connected they were happy and fine and using the service."

I first tried Merr, one of the other wifi vendors, before ResTech and ended up cancelling both. The problem I saw was not signal strength as claimed in the news article, but interference. As noted here on Slashdot by a fellow Madisonian, I see a million other access points downtown, making wifi very difficult to use since I live in an apartment in a dense housing area. The problem wasn't bad when the students were away in the summer, but they came to campus with all their routers.
What does this mean about the future of municipal wifi? I was hopeful that the service would work, and I'd go back if it did, but I'm afraid that until the interference issue is resolved in dense housing, municipal wifi will continue to have problems.

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