Universal wireless

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Monday, February 27. 2006

With lots of ISPs and Telcos talking about the availability of "universally available wireless" I have to admit that I have a hard time not having that now, thanks to the spread of broadband to the masses, cheap wireless basestations, and clueless consumers. 2 example to prove my point: Whilst on vacation last year, I fully expected to suffer the slings and arrows of dialup, due to being at a beach resort, and the lack of high-speed at the rental property. Imagine my "surprise" when I booted up my iBook and it immediately found and utilized someone else's connectivity from a few house away. They hadn't even changed the SSID or the admin password. And just this weekend I was again at a remote location (a retreat center) and knew that I wouldn't have much time to do any online work at all, so I didn't even bother bringing a laptop. But some of the people I went with did, and, sure enough, the center had a wireless setup, completely open. Thanks again! It's all so incredibly commonplace. We live in a sea of free wireless right now, thanks to providers who don't even realize that they are giving it away.

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