More about free WiFi in San Francisco

I just got a phone call from someone at AnchorFree about my postings last week. Evidently I was accurate (and that’s always a good thing). They are interested in how we like the service, where it needs improvements, and suggestions for other neighborhoods that would benefit from free WiFi. I suggested West Portal and Noe Valley. What do you think?

Le Bon Gateau, Castro, San Francisco

(I take it as self-evident that I have no financial arrangement with AnchorFree, but if it isn’t let me clearly state that I will *never* post about a client or employer without explicitly mentioning it in a prominent place.)

Ubiquitious, free, and high-quality WiFi is central to my urban existence. Without it I’d be sitting in an office every day, rather than enjoying my fair city whilst being connected via VPN. This issue is near and dear to my heart.

What about problems with AnchorFree? Well, coverage is spotty, probably having to do with geometry of radio signals, the inherent radio-opaqueness of old buildings, landlords and shop owners who don’t want to be bothered hosting AnchorFree, and AnchorFree not knowing about the problems. So tell them.

Their certificate expired about a year ago, and it’s owned by a parent company, so your web browser will squawk when you visit; ignore it. Sometimes their “sign up for free so you can access our service” web page gets into a brain-damaged loop, never letting you access their network. But it’s free, and if you let them know how and where you use it, we’ll all have better, free, WiFi.

And that can’t be too bad :-)

What other WiFi in the city? Do you have any suggestions? Good spots to sit and sip?

4 Comments so far

  1. George. (unregistered) on July 14th, 2005 @ 2:28 pm

    WiFi in Noe Valley would be fantastic! Especially if they wanted to center it around 24th and Dolores. ;) I know several people who would use it.

  2. Laila (unregistered) on July 14th, 2005 @ 6:43 pm

    A vote for West Portal! This area could really use public access wifi. Hopefully we’re not too far away from the day when the whole city will have this sort of free service available.

  3. Nicole Lee (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 12:00 am

    I’m not sure if this is possible, considering the bureaucratic red tape involved, but I would love to see public WiFi available in underground transit. Considering the amount of time I spend in BART, that would be most excellent.

    But failing that, I guess I’d like to see public WiFi spread along the Mission.

  4. Michael 'Mickey' Sattler (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 10:14 am

    (Poster here…) I’m hoping y’all have used the AnchorFree feedback link I posted to let them know your vote.

    I agree, Noe Valley would be great. And the Haight-Ashbury, both upper and lower.

    With the current hysteria about wireless communications on underground transit (the misunderstanding that the detonators in Madrid were cell phone internal alarm clocks, not a call from another phone), I somehow doubt that BART management will rise to the occasion. But I heartily agree: it’s just amazing to me that with the huge number of knowledge workers on BART, MUNI, and CalTrain each day we don’t tap that huge asset.

    If I ran the zoo…

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