Wi-Fi goes Live

Toronto Hydro Telecom yesterday lit up what is expected to become one of the largest wireless Internet networks in North America, and told Torontonians how much they will have to pay for the service. After an initial free period of six months, the company’s WiFi zone will cost $29 a month, $10 a day, or $5 an hour for speeds of up to 7 Mbps.

Toronto’s new downtown wireless network went live yesterday. Here’s how it works:

1- Get into the zone. If you want to use it at home, and you live within the wireless zone boundaries, it’s recommended that you buy a WiFi modem.

2- You will need a cellphone to register for and receive a username and password.

3- Using a wireless-enabled computer or PDA, open the software that controls your network connections and search for available wireless networks. When “SSID One Zone High Speed Internet” appears,

4- Open a web browser window and select the new user page. Enter in your mobile phone number. A username and password will be sent instantly to your cellphone via text message.

5- Enter the username and password into the web browser. Your login can be used by up to four people simultaneously, and is valid for free service until March.


1 Comment so far

  1. arv (unregistered) on September 9th, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    I don’t live downtown but if it’s anything like where I live, there are wi-fi signals everywhere. Some are encrypted, others hidden. A few are neither.

    A wi-fi covered Toronto does have its appeal. But what are the health implications?

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