Wi-Fi Hotspots Are As Dead As Disco

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News Posted: Tue, Mar 11 2008 8:06 AM

You have to measure the remarks of the Ericsson CEO about the future of Wi-Fi hotspot computing against the stake he has in the outcome of the race to serve the computing public on the go; but he does seem to be hitting the nail on the head when he predicts that  Wi-Fi hotspots are "The telephone boxes of the broadband era."

... there's a lot of truth in what Ericsson CEO Johan Bergendahl has to
say: Wi-Fi has really never been much more than a stopgap technology,
especially as far as cell phones are concerned. The range is tiny, the
reliability and susceptibility to interference are poor, and the amount
of equipment required to blanket a metropolitan area without leaving
substantial gaps is cost-prohibitive. Using Wi-Fi is fine for your
house, but it makes little sense when traveling, as any hotel dweller
who's had to jaunt down to the lobby in the middle of the night in
order to use the Wi-Fi connection (because the signal won't reach to
his hotel room) can tell you. Now when I go on a trip, I've taken to
using a 3G USB card to get online with my laptop instead of shell out
the $12 a night for Wi-Fi, even if Wi-Fi is available in the room.

I'm inclined to agree with him. I've read numerous stories about many municipal governments trying to install a free Wi-Fi network for their citizens, with almost uniformly disappointing results. Unless you really like Starbucks coffee, you'd better pray for affordable 3G wireless service.



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methious replied on Tue, Mar 11 2008 11:03 AM

 And most of the WIFI hotspots lack enough bandwidth to be of more than minimal use.

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frg1 replied on Tue, Mar 11 2008 12:13 PM

 3g seems like a good bet for the future

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AjayD replied on Tue, Mar 11 2008 1:24 PM
Both the cities of Austin and San Francisco had municipal Wi-Fi projects in the works. I know the one in Austin has hit some major snags and is pretty much dead in the water, but not sure where the one in San Fran stands. I know Google has their own Wi-Fi hotspot around their headquarters.

Free Wi-Fi hotspots can be quite nice in places like airports and coffee shops, but as far as blanketing entire cities goes, cellular access is a far more viable solution.

 

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frg1 replied on Tue, Mar 11 2008 1:30 PM

 yeah directv had a pilot project in caloforina when i worked for them that had a subscirption based wifi service for a whole city

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AjayD replied on Wed, Mar 12 2008 4:14 AM
If Directv offers Wi-Fi it's certainly news to me. I know they have what they claim to be "high speed" internet available through their satellites, but that sucks and is only worth considering if you live in BFE and can't even get DSL.

 

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frg1 replied on Wed, Mar 12 2008 1:01 PM

 that s not directv that offers high speed satellite internet its hughes remember when they were called direcway then got changed to hughenet the reason for that change is everybody thought they were directv so they would call directv for hookups and stuff so they changed it and the wifi was in a  anaheim caloforina i think they closed that project down wasnt working right or something

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AjayD replied on Sat, Mar 15 2008 2:49 AM

 Yes, Hughes does offer satellite internet, but so does Directv. I know this because I had it before. You need a special dish that was called the duo I believe. Anyways the speed absolutely sucked, especially the upload speed. But that was about 7 years ago, so I'm not sure if they still offer it.

 

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frg1 replied on Sat, Mar 15 2008 5:59 PM

the dish you are talking about was directway which isnt owned by directv but hughes and they change the name to hughesnet to prevent confusion if you did call directv for internet all they would do is transfer you to hughes directv did have a reciver that could access internet on there box and the satalite dish you are talking about could it have been refered to as the 2 lnb dish as in 2 low noise blocks

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replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 11:19 PM

only when 3g will be free,only then it can be compared with free wifi hotspots

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