Systems are go for Mountain View WiFi

Systems are go for Mountain View WiFi

Summary: Today Google gives Mountain View free wireless internet access -- an example for organizations considering investments in the WiFi arena according to Minnie Ingersoll, Product Manager for Google WiFi.  Google does not plan on extending this service to other cities according to the New York Times.

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Today Google gives Mountain View free wireless internet access -- an example for organizations considering investments in the WiFi arena according to Minnie Ingersoll, Product Manager for Google WiFi.  Google does not plan on extending this service to other cities according to the New York Times.

Is this a viable alternative to traditional internet service providers?  Not yet, judging by messages from people who have been testing the service.  It doesn't work great indoors, and it looks like sending email is a chore unless you have a Gmail account.

Even though this shouldn't be a replacement for your existing ISP, it does promote mobility and now users have the option to stay "connected" wherever they are.  Granted, some people try and get disconnected by going outdoors -- now they will have to completely leave the city (or just turn their laptop off).

Portable devices that support wireless internet connections suddenly become more useful because of initiatives like this -- imagine a handheld device with Google Talk integration.  As the technology improves, cellular phones could one day be replaced by devices with access to WiFi networks.

For more information about the Google WiFi network in Mountain View, check out this article by Om Malik. 

Topic: Wi-Fi

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  • Nice idea - wrong technology

    You can create an ultra-efficient V6 engine - and then put it in a Chevy Suburban. Will it work? Yes. Will it get better millage? Yes. Is it a good idea? No.

    Just because a technology is off the shelf does not make it the best for the job. The WiMAX Steamroller is warming up and those 1000 WiFi hotspots that need to be wired to the landlines will be squashed by a dozen WiMAX "hotspots" (more like hot areas).
    Roger Ramjet
    • Only if the IEEE get off their backsides

      sigh...
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • Just remember to protect your OPEN Wifi connection using ...

    iPig, HotspotVPN,Witopia,... are are a few good services for this. iPig is even free!
    msfrank