Thursday, September 27, 2012
Loud and Clear
The first of 22 new WiFi emitters is (way) up and running on top of the Bangs Community Center, installed and tested by our daring DPW and IT departments earlier this week.
The new Cisco units, costing $75,000 total, have three antennas instead of the two on 14 older units they are replacing, so users should notice a stronger more consistent signal throughout the downtown.
The entire installation is expected to be completed by Halloween, the one year anniversary of the mother of all storms than knocked out the WiFi system and emergency 911 phone lines when the power went out due to catastrophic failure in our urban tree canopy.
Amazingly in this digital day and age, Amherst is one of the very few communities to provide free WiFi throughout town center.