Moncton (finally) gets WiFi

Fredericton, with a much smaller population, has had free WiFi since 2004 and now Moncton, NB, finally has a “pilot project” for free wireless access downtown. It’s about time that Moncton entered the 21st century.

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6 Responses to “Moncton (finally) gets WiFi”

  1. derekhat

    I tried the free wifi on Thursday. It’s about time. When I tried, it was only working for web traffic on ports 80 and 443. I couldn’t use secure IMAP or Remote Desktop. Hopefully that’s not a permanent firewall rule. And here’s hoping the signal is strong a Timothy’s on Main St. 🙂

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  2. Gerard Godin

    I encountered the same thing. They had a link for comments on their website at http://www.moncton.ca/wifi but it was only a mailto link.. I thought it was hilarious.

    I’ve emailed them a few comments and suggested they look to Fredericton for a great service example. Right now, it looks like the target market excludes information workers. They want tourists to browse maybe, and as I suggested to them maybe the odd p0rn downloader who won’t want to be caught at home. 🙂

    I hope they readjust their service a bit. I mean, there’s not even a signal at the public library acros the street.:(

    Cheers

    Gerard

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  3. Joshua Colp

    Some further points of interest:

    1. The APs are installed on street lights and traffic lights, except for one which is installed on the fire station. Most of them have a clear line of sight to eachother.

    2. They appear to be using Cisco equipment for the APs.

    3. The internet provider is Aliant.

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  4. Glenn Kaye

    Very disappointed that my wi-fi phone cannot connect to your network due to your port restriction setup. Why do you have this restriction? Are there plans to open the area to all wi-fi devices?

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    • Harold Jarche

      My network? Please read the information on this website, Glenn. I have nothing to do with Moncton wi-fi. Complain to the city, I don’t even live there.

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  5. rex

    They’ve had free wifi since at least 2003-2004. I lived a couple streets from city hall and had signal. Weak,, but able to get in.

    the wifi phone should connect unless you’re using a blackberry which requires BIS service which requires a special port.

    Personally I think free wifi should be seen as a gift and one should not look a gift horse in the mouth. Of course it will be restricted

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