Fred Hartwell installs WiFi unit on Main Street lightpole this afternoon
So after the spiffy new Cisco wireless routers were installed around town last month, IT Director Kris Pacunas noticed they were not performing up to promised specifications. And when you are paying $75,000 for a new toy, promised specifications matter.
Cisco sent out a crew to try to bring the units up to speed, but could not make it happen. Thus the town did what any consumer would do: sent the items back for a full refund.
The IT department then went into tech-geek mode and came up with their own "access point" gizmo's using component parts from a number of different manufacturers. Now, according to Pacunas, the newest new system, using five antennas, is ten times faster, with three times the coverage, all for $43,000 or a 40% savings over the original system.
Newest units could be painted black to match ornate poles in the downtown
The newest system also has "client link" (version 2.0) so it works well with smart phones and tablets, which more and more Americans use to access the Internet.
As of today 18 of the units have been installed and the entire system of 27 (possibly 28) units should be fully functioning by January 1st. A Happy New Year indeed for all us Internet junkies.