Friday, May 20, 2011


Five Major U.S. Cities To Have WiFi On Subways

Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. A Wi-Fi enabled device such as a personal computer, video game console, Smartphone, and digital audio player can connect to the Internet when within range of a wireless network connected to the Internet. The coverage of one or more (interconnected) access points — called hotspots when offering public access — generally comprises an area the size of a few rooms but may be expanded to cover many square miles, depending on the number of access points with overlapping coverage.

It’s entirely possible for you to be standing right in the middle of a juicy, strong WiFi hot spot —and not even know it. Its name doesn’t show up in the Connect To list. Read more: Connecting To A Secret WiFi Hot Spots In Windows 7

For years Wi-Fi connections have been ubiquitous on university campuses, in coffee shops, and in public buildings for years, yet most of us are still waiting for them to grace our morning commutes.

While computers in many cities overseas, such as London, have some kind of connectivity (in stations, on trains, or both), the U.S. hasn’t been so lucky. Even in the highly connected San Francisco Bay Area, underground Wi-Fi in BART stations is still a thing of the future. Here’s the state of connectivity on trains in five major U.S. cities:

Boston: The city has completed Phase 2 of its plan to provide continuous cell service in both the stations and on the trains. Riders will also find free Wi-Fi services on 258 carriages along its Commuter Rail service.

Chicago: Cellular coverage in the city’s Red and Blue subway lines covers AT&T, Verizon, Cricket and U.S. Cellular customers, across both station and trains, but Wi-Fi service isn’t available yet in the city’s transportation systems.

New York City: The first phase to add Wi-Fi to the city’s subway stations will begin with the first six stations in the L line and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. All 277 underground subway stations are expected to have Wi-Fi by 2016.

San Francisco: Almost the entire BART line is now seamlessly connected via 3G, at least for most of the major networks. Wi-Fi service is scheduled to be completed later this year.

Washington D.C.: Twenty of Washington’s busiest underground Metrorail stations have had expanded cell phone service since 2009. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile are expected to complete a new wireless infrastructure underground by 2012.

Wi-Fi program for New York’s subways is expected to be completed this year. Eventually, Metrorail will add Wi-Fi services to the mix, but it’s unclear when.

Virtual Router is an open source software which leverages the Wireless Hosted Network API which is a part of the new Windows Operating Systems (Windows 7 and Windows server 2008) Read more: Make Windows 7 PC A Wi-Fi HotSpot Using Virtual Router


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