‘Borne’ Identity II
Mentioned in the last post, nearly all the free wi-fi access points promised by the Mayor of Paris, are now up and waving.
Gripe: the official Paris Wi-Fi site is not very helpful for finding a ‘borne‘ in your immediate…, there is a list with links to zoomable aerial photo views of the corresponding hotspot, not quite the intuitive – drag it around and toggle the street/hybrid map – that we’ve gotten used to. ‘Someone should Gmap mashit’, shouts innocent blogger. Well, someone didn’t wait too long to heed the advise – as usual, he’d done it already before it was mentioned. So, if your out there Chris Z, do us all a favour and update it with the latest ‘bornes’. Looks like he’s been putting some of the free wi-fi cafÃ©s on as well. A map showing cafÃ©s, bars, brasserries and Macdos with free wi-fi is up on Quickmaps by tmilard. More info CafÃ©s Wi-Fi.
Turned my back for a minute and Neuf Cegetel have jumped into bed with Fon. According to JeromB at blognation, Neuf Cegetel – second largest broadband operator in France – has
installed FON firmware on more than 600 000 â€œneuf boxâ€ and should invite its subscribers to be part of the FON network, which could virtually triple its size within the next weeks. FON Triple its Network Thanks to Neuf Cegetel
Opened in-box, WebUser tells me that as from the 8th October, all Macdos throughout Britain will offer free wi-fi with frites.
Who was I to know? a war driver, a CIA agent?
France. Last Saturday saw the official inauguration of the Paris Wi-Fi project. Free wireless internet connection is available to anyone in the vicinity of one of the 350 antennae covering 225 public places, parks, libraries and museums in and around Paris. The full 400 antennae for 260 sites will be up by the end of the month but the operational 8 Mbits/s announced by the Mayor is said to be closer to 6 Mbits/s says the Telcom SFR, responsible for the network. There’s also a 2 hour connect-time limit and the hotspots around municipal buildings will be up during open hours only. The site that lists the Wi-Fi ‘bornes‘ is in serious need of a simple Google maps mashup like this one: Museums with Free Admission in Paris (any takers?), or maybe they could mash GÃ©oportail if Google gives the civil servants a rash? (possible).
source > Ecrans
Britain. Fon teams up with British Telecom. No new Wi-Fi routers (La Foneros) will be needed, for over 3 million BT Total Broadband subscribers, who can now join the Fon community for free using their in-house router, it was announced yesterday.
The Fon blog is touting for a future ‘Wi-Fi everywhere in the U.K.’ A quick search for hotspots on the BT FON Google maps mash looks bare at first glance, but a location search for my home town for example, tells a different tale. This is before any BT users have decided to activate their Fon membership.
Germany. Well it wouldn’t be a Parade without a little rain. Last month the German government warned against ‘electrosmog’ and advised people to avoid using Wi-Fi wherever possible because of the risks it may pose to health.
The Environment Ministry recommended that people should keep their exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi “as low as possible” by choosing “conventional wired connections”. It added that it is “actively informing people about possibilities for reducing personal exposure”…
“…the most damning (decision) made by any government on the fast-growing technology “.
FUD or food for thought?…
source > Belfast Telegraph
Could be of interest to some, a post from Lifehacker last Wednesday: Top 10 Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks and Apps
Wi-Fi transmissions across the Tyrannian sea have set a new world record. Habitants of Sardinia can now stay in touch with the Italian Peninsula using a 5GHz WiFi connection that maintains a transfer rate of 5Mbps over a distance of 188.89 miles (304km).
The world record achievement was made possible by the Italian Center for Radio Activities (C.I.S.A.R.) a non-profit association founded by a group of Italian radio amateur operators and Ubiquiti Networks, who provided the XtremeRange5 (XR5) High-Power Carrier Class mini-PCI radio module and 35dBi 5 GHz parabolic dish antennas.
The alignment was made by providing a beacon through a semi-directional antenna (short-backfire 17dBi) on the Sardinia Island and one of the two 35dBi antennas on Monte Amiata, which is about 5,220 feet (1,740m) above sea level.
via | gizmag
35 open-air sites and 70 municipal buildings in Paris and the ‘Ile de France‘ region are now set to offer free, unlimited, wi-fi access to the Internet. These 105 sites are equipped with 160 hotspots and a further 155 public emplacements are scheduled for September, this will take the number of hotspots to around 400. Continue reading