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Topic # 29826 20-Jan-2009 17:33
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auckland city council launches wi-fi network:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4824507a28.html

i wonder why they didnt connect the network to fibre because it says the broadband speeds will be only 2Mbps. that means if 100 people are using it, it will be slower than dialup.

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  Reply # 190868 20-Jan-2009 18:20
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This is good news for the city of Auckland.  Sure, it may not be fast but hey, it's heading in the right direction.

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  Reply # 190870 20-Jan-2009 18:28
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richgamer: auckland city council launches wi-fi network:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4824507a28.html

i wonder why they didnt connect the network to fibre because it says the broadband speeds will be only 2Mbps. that means if 100 people are using it, it will be slower than dialup.


how did you come to the conclusion that it wasnt connected to fibre?  i see no indication of that in the article and just because it is limited to 2Mbps doesnt mean it doesnt have backhaul of 1Gbps over fibre.....




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  Reply # 191408 22-Jan-2009 23:16
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That is fast.
Well for $3.50 you could download 900mb
For $6.50 you could download 20gb
Though they probably have a data cap limit on there as well.

It probably is connected to fibre (kordia being the backbone) and a typical access point has a maximum throughput of 20mbits tcp/ip. If someone comes along with an old 802.11b it will slow down the whole access point.

If they are repeating a signal at some points in a chain, or wds is being used, there will be bottlenecks where the 20mbits limit is reached.

I see the 2mbit limit as just them trying not to over-promise what they can realistically deliver.  


What i would like to see is local retailers being able to sell the access tickets at cafes etc. This way those that have already got wifi in place do not nessecarily have their business hurt as they can still make a profit off of selling the tickets, and it becomes easier for others in the area to start selling wifi access if their cafe / motel is not already wifi enabled.




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