posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 05:30 PM
...strange thread so far... to the OP, I think cables can be traced, any IP address has to establish itself to a paying address. This is why
there's been cases of "arrests" and such w/ "stealing" wi-fi signals.
I've been using it in Phila for a couple months, it's been pretty fast and reliable IMO. Sometimes, it's around 200 k/sec, which seems pretty fast
when downloading MP3s and the likes. Much faster then dial-up, almost as fast as DSL.
...I had problems for awhile w/ a signal at certain times of the day -- had a minor virus attacking it, and get this, Norton or MS 'Defender'
didn't even recognize a "free web service" while it was there. Had to use some open-source software to get rid of the problem.
There's been local articles in the weekly papers about the service being unreliable, I don't agree, make sure you don't have spy/adware viruses!
And the point about the towers/technology issue, I don't think it's a "mistake" -- although some cell/internet towers are being moved due to
regulations about their toxicity to occupied areas. I know in Europe, there's been lawsuits to have towers moved. Don't know what's been happening
w/ this in the U.S.
[edit on 16-11-2007 by anhinga]