Wellington wireless network heads to beta

Wellington's CafeNet wireless network project is soon to go into beta testing mode.

Wellington’s CafeNet wireless network project is soon to go into beta testing mode.

The project, being run by Wellington metropolitan ethernet provider CityLink, so far involves 11 wireless LANs. They eminate from nodes of the ethernet network at sites including the Wellington Public Library and the city’s James Cook hotel.

Wi-Fi, or 802.11b, wireless equipment is being used.

The only thing stopping the shift to beta testing is the availability of means to buy the service online, MacEwan says. “Once people can do that, we’ll be able to beta test.”

When MacEwan spoke to Computerworld last week he said that issue “should be sorted out in a week or so”.

He says the alpha test was a success, with approximately half of the 50 parties invited to take part choosing to do so.

CityLink’s vision for the project is to have paying CafeNet users communicating with each other and making their own security arrangements through the use of virtual private networks and other means, MacEwan says.

He says potential customers include “out of office workers, nomadic CBD workers and tourists”.

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