Anecdotal Solutions to the Wifi Quandary

Wireless Access in New York City is certainly not a given. Many people manage on an ad hoc basis or pay exorbitant monthly fees to companies like T-mobile. I’ve had the use lately of wifi from an unknown source. But I’d rather pay a community group for access. what’s your story? Where do you get wifi? Would you support low-cost municipal access? Please join in.

As I write this piece, the wireless connection that I count on to do research is flickering on and off. I don’t pay for the connection, nor do I know its source. Before the connection appeared one day, I was forced to manage my time so that four or five contiguous hours were available to me in the public library in Manhattan, where a wifi connection is available. That often meant not being able to work on Sunday, or having to depend on my battery since the libraries don’t provide plenty of electrical outlets.

It’s terrific that a few of the libraries offer wireless access; the situation however is not ideal for the serious researcher. For one thing, you can’t even leave your laptop for one minute. You can’t print at all. There may not be a spot for you to sit. And of course, the public library is no longer a quiet place to concentrate, but is filled with people trying to connect

3 Comments so far

  1. Shital Shah (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

    I guess “community” wi-fi is becoming thing of past. In a long run probably companies will find out way to inject ads when you are browsing through their wi-fi channel. Meantime, a truely anecdotal solution is

    Enjoy :)

  2. Alanna Val-Hackett (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 8:27 pm

    There’s a website where they list wifi hotspots in the city, but I can’t find it. This’ll do for the meantime >>>

    As far as the printing issue, I think New York should adopt the system on various college campuses (or at least, my college campus): anyone can log in to the internet, which puts you in the network. Anyone on the network can send jobs to the printer, but you have to buy a copycard dealie to log in and print out your things. But the system works largely because its a college campus and even though New York City feels that way sometimes, it is certainly not.

  3. Patrice (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 2:10 pm

    Is this the link your talking about?

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