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Free Wifi for Franklin and President Street



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They have installed the kiosk, but it is not live yet.

photo not by me...

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  • Have people seen other kiosks in Brooklyn?  Tons in midtown Manhattan but hadn't seen too many elsewhere.  
  • Random placement of such a kiosk.
  • I would have placed it at Franklin and Eastern Parkway. 
  • Here's a map of the linknyc locations that are operating, and ones that are in the works.

    It seems "ours" is so new that isn't even on the in the works list yet.


  • According to an article I just read, there will be no more web browsing on the tablets installed at the kiosks because A) people are spending too much time on them which does not allow others to use them b) watching porn c)playing loud music and drinking alcohol while monopolizing the kiosk.

    So, maps, phone calls etc will still be active but plain old searching is gone until this can be figured out.

    Councilman Corey Johnson has written the DoITT to try and work out a solution.

    Hell, what did they think would happen???

  • Lol.  Just imagine the meeting where "they" decided that a search function for the public would be a good idea. 
  • I'm pretty certain these are replacing the old pay phones littered throughout the city so it isn't as though they're that random.
  • edited September 2016
    The articles (aka echo chambers) also ignore the benefit of the wifi stations:   
    Nearby homes are able to get wireless internet service for free.    

    ...some folks near this station likely not have internet service now.
    ...others could certainly use the $40 they save from getting rid of their service on something else.
  • whynot_31 said:
    The articles (aka echo chambers) also ignore the benefit of the wifi stations:   
    Nearby homes are able to get wireless internet service for free.    

    ...some folks near this station likely not have internet service now.
    ...others could certainly use the $40 they save from getting rid of their service on something else.
    The main reason I am still holding onto my cable provider is for the internet access.My building doesn't have access to Verizon DSL yet.
  • @mug...If you're talking about Fios you're not getting it. City is now suing Verizon for failure to build out the network as contracted. They were supposed to make sure the whole city had fiber optic cable and Verizon is saying that the whole city does but in much of the city there are no hookup points to said cables so, don't look for it anytime soon.
  • It seems a lot of wifi stations are coming to Brooklyn, but the range isn't as large as I thought.

    150 feet?

    https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20161019/downtown-brooklyn/linknyc-kiosks-brooklyn-wifi
  • This is now installed, but doesn't appear to be "online" yet.  
  • It looks like a second one is being installed on Franklin and Union. Both now appear on the linknyc map, indicating that they're yet to be activated. For those questioning their placement, they're being installed at the sites of old payphones, as was the plan all along. I'm right between both sites, and probably just out of range of both, unfortunately. Was really hoping to be able to be able to save some money and drop my optimum.

    https://www.link.nyc/find-a-link.html
  • edited November 2016
    The range is 150ft.  So if you live that close to the access point, could work.  Might be more vulnerable to hacking.
  • Yeah, apparently there's a secure network you can use, but it's only for iOS at this point.
  • I suspect part of the reason there is not a wifi system with a wide range is that it would destroy the for profit providers.

    I wonder if home based internet will soon become something local governments pay for as a way way to help the poor.
     
    http://www.wnyc.org/story/bronx-has-least-internet-connectivity-city/


  • These were functional as of yesterday.  They don't really reach into buildings, and the connection speed drops rapidly with distance.  Even when I walked right up to them they barely registered 100 megs per second, which is still good, but nothing close to what was being advertised.  I know that they were planning on having a number of these be advertisement free, with diminished speed, in poorer areas.  I'm assuming that's because advertising space in those areas isn't what it would be on, say, fifth avenue.  All of which is to say that these are nice for anyone on the street who wants to save some data or doesn't have data, but it doesn't seem like a realistic means for replacing your paid connection.  I was curious about gigabit speeds, but alas it doesn't look like those are in store for us.
  • 100 MBPS is what I get with FiOS–good indeed. The DSL I had previously was about 1.5 MBPS.
  • Yeah, it's definitely not bad.  As someone who already has Optimum 101, with 100+ meg per second speeds though, I was hoping to see something a little faster.  Either way, it doesn't look like this is a viable alternative to paying for internet in your home (unless you're right next to one and have extremely thin walls).
  • The infrastructure to install LinkNYC stations along Nostrand (between Eastern and Atlantic) is presently being installed.
  • So the point is huge advertising screens?
  • Yes, that is a main source of its funding.

  • The LINK network has reportedly overcome its start up problems an growing in popularity across NYC.



    Addition kiosks recently were installed in Crown Heights on Nostrand Ave, but I do not think they are live yet.
  • It looks like they're getting ready to install another one just outside of Met Foods. They're littered all up and down Nostrand now.
  • Because these kiosks are sometimes the only connection to the web many low income folks have, the city is using them to advertise local social services.

    http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/lp-for-social-services-522801-/s4318/63898277
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