Becca Vargo Daggett commented here to my South Pilot post and brought up some good issues which I’m going to cover in this post.
Peter, I think you’ve been given some passwords, but others weren’t allowed to access the network via their own computer at the open house.
I was given a card with a log-in password that did not work. Turns out none of them will work until this week (the week of the 17th). I was also told that the vendors are still negotiating with the city over whether or not the public will be allowed to access the network during the pilot stage. My understanding was that residential use during the pilot will be limited to approved testers – mainly or entirely city employees.
According to my source at USI, the Wi-Fi network will be open to the public late Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll post instructions on how to connect when I get them. It may be pretty open except for some registration. The City had already announced public access although they were never very clear about it and sometimes it sounded like only at the pilot demos.
I could, however, access the “walled garden” content from the portal page (a boon for TC Daily Planet, whose articles, and advertisements, are featured). The signal I got in the gym, where the presentations were, was weak. Same thing when I was sitting on the sofa just outside the door of the demo room.
Connection seemed to work well with the Ruckus bridge. What remains to be seen is how much they’ll charge for connection and hardware.
My own access point, the one I can see from my window, has a blown radio. Hopefully, they’ll have it fixed tomorrow.