CafeNet official, few users yet

Wellington's CafeNet wireless network service has completed beta testing and has been commercially launched, but as yet has only about 10 regular users.

Wellington’s CafeNet wireless network service has completed beta testing and has been commercially launched, but as yet has only about 10 regular users.

But Hamish MacEwan, product development head of CityLink, the Wellington metro ethernet provider that launched CafeNet, is reasonably confident that number will grow rapidly in the next six months.

CafeNet runs at 11 Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) hotspots spread around central Wellington. Users can communicate with each other or access an internet gateway.

MacEwan says there are two paying models available, one on a prepaid per-use basis and the other fixed-price monthly unlimited access scheme.

He believes the latter will be more popular, with users sending unlimited traffic to specified destinations on CafeNet’s public LAN.

“People can VPN from a CafeNet node to their corporate LAN.”

One regular user logs on from his car, MacEwan says.

“He drives to one of our locations and does 10-15 minutes’ business in the car.”

CafeNet’s offerings are significantly cheaper than the Telecom equivalent, but in-built security is non-existent and is the responsibility of the user.

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