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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The City of Wilmington is pleased to offer free wireless internet access in several areas of  downtown Wilmington. Now you can collect your E-mail or browse the Web while waiting for a meal or relaxing at a sidewalk cafe. We hope you enjoy using City Port WiFi the next time you're downtown.

What is City Port WiFi?
Citi Port Wireless Internet access is a free service provided by the City of Wilmington . Citizens along Riverwalk, restaurants and businesses in central downtown can access the Internet through high-speed connections and enjoy browsing the Web, checking and sending E-mail, or chatting through instant messaging services.

How can I use this service?
The service is accessible along the central part of Water Street, the foot of Market Street and some nearby areas by anyone with wireless computing equipment. All you need is a functioning device (laptop computer, PDA, Pocket PC) that contains a properly configured wireless network adapter.

What equipment do I need?
You can use any device that supports wireless connectivity and is capable of Internet functions. Typical devices include a laptop computer or a personal digital assistant (PDA). A wireless network card is required, though many new devices come with built-in wireless capability. If your laptop computer or PDA does not have a wireless network adapter installed, you must obtain one and properly install it before you can access the Internet through the City Port wireless access points.

What is an Access Point?
An access point lets wireless devices use the resources of a wired local area network (LAN).  The City Port WiFi program uses several overlapping radio or access points to create a WiFi zone.

Keep in mind that the signal from the access points travels in a strait line and you could possibly encounter "dead" areas in places where the street slopes sharply up or down relative to the transmitter. Note: the specific range within which wireless access is available can be influenced by several things. A lot of metal , lead in glass, and reinforced concrete may reduce signal strength.

What kind of wireless network adapter should I get?
Many brands of wireless network adapters are available. Though we do not specify a brand, the adapter you choose must be 802.11b compliant. That is to say it must support the 802.11b wireless network standard. Check packaging carefully if you are buying a new device. Otherwise, check the documentation that came with your current device to be sure it complies.

What is the IEEE 802.11 standard?
The IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN standard is a protocol established by the Wireless LAN Standards Committee that enables different brands of wireless LAN hardware to communicate on the same network.

What about security?
As with any Internet access you should take appropriate security precautions.

Whom do I contact if I have trouble?
The City of Wilmington provides free wireless access to the Internet in limited parts of Downtown. However, the City does not provide direct support to users of this service. A knowledgeable friend or network administrator from your company may help if you have problems connecting.

How long can I stay connected?
Currently, you can stay connected for approximately 30 minute blocks of time before you have to sign on again.

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