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List of schools using wireless technologies
I don't think this section should be in there. Pretty much any college or university these days has wireless capabilities (correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know the facts), so if the list were complete its members would number in the thousands. In that case, this is definitely not the place to put it. Perhaps it would be appropriate to create a separate list article for this?
- I agree, so I removed the list. Besides, since most schools/universities have access restrictions to their networks (allowing free access for students/employee, and no access for others) I don't think they count as hotspots. tobixen 16:45, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
Also, I think this article should be renamed Hotspot (Wireless) or Wireless Hotspot. Thoughts? - MescalineBanana 04:32, 9 March 2006 (UTC)
- Agreed. Also, someone added the cleanup tag, but can they expand on what specifically is wrong? Aaron Lawrence 18:45, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
Probably most of the previous links on the hotspot page should be removed, but perhaps not all of them? I didn't check any of the links, but if there exists any good "hotspot locator database" on the net, at least 1-3 of them should be listed in the links section. I think.
Apropos, the wireless community network article is really mostly just an overgrown link collection ...
I dont think that the book that is listed should be listed. It looks like someone just wanted to do a bit of advertising.
Brief History of Hotspots: "over 90% of the over 300,000 hotspots offer free service to entice customers to their venue"
I'm assuming this refers to hotspots in the US. In NZ most hotspots are not free. Charges are based on either time or bandwidth and managed by 3rd parties.
The other companies offering paid wifi that I noticed in Wellington were GlobalGossip, Swoosh, and Telecom.
WiFi Hotspot Directories
|Jeremy]] (talk) 03:44, 15 August 2007 (UTC)
- Well, I just came here in hopes of finding a very small list of vetted directories, rather than the annoying mess of unreliable hits you get from a search engine, and was pretty surprised to find no useful links on WP, given that it's usually my best source of vetted links. So I'll put in 1 vote in favor of listing a few good directories if there is any kind of semi-objective consensus at all. It's probably also worth informing people of typical places where free wifi can be found in any community "in the US as of 2007" (public libraries, starbucks, panera bread, and now apparently mcdonalds?) This is useful factual information to people who come here looking to learn, regardless of whether it indirectly serves someone's commercial interests. I would only be opposed to listing such things if their status changed so often or unreliably that we couldn't keep up with it without too many updates. DKEdwards 01:51, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
- I also came here expecting to find a "very small list of vetted [WiFi] directories." I'm pretty sure that I did find such a list somewhere on Wikipedia a number of months ago, and thought (hoped) it might be in this article. Perhaps it was here and was removed...?
How to setup a hotspot
I think many people come here who would like to setup their own hotspot. We should have some guidelines here at least, so they know where to start... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fudge55 (talk • contribs) 15:04, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
"Hotspots may be found in coffee shops and various other public establishments throughout much of North America and Europe" is a silly statement. It suggests that hotspots (in public places) are unheard of in the rest of the world. Nothing is further from the truth. I have used hotspots at Starbucks on four continents and one subcontinent. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:24, 2 November 2010 (UTC)
- I don't think it's fair to say they're found throughout much of Australia, but I'd assume they're found in metro areas and the like, as well as in Asia. So I'm asking other editors—expand the geographic mention or just omit it entirely? —C.Fred (talk) 21:30, 2 November 2010 (UTC)
Depending on the country where the HotSpot public access service is offered, be they the smallest café or the largest network, it can have various legal obligations.
Did maybe this article once say something about it, but it got accidentally deleted?
Is maybe some other article such as wireless security more appropriate for saying a few words about open wifi, and so that redirect should be changed to point to that other article?