Public wifi sucks. It seems even FREE public wifi sucks.
I like to play with my iPod at gym. I convinced the gym manager to add a wifi router to the top floor so I can browse the web on the gym bike. Free internet on a bicycle. Sounds like a nice idea, right?
One problem: why do I have to keep typing in login credentials. Every time I go to the gym. Every time the stupid DHCP lease goes away.
So, now I’m back to just listening to podcasts.
The worst thing about public wifi is: the process of getting access to the network.
Let’s imagine a city which provides me with inexpensive metro-wifi pretty much anywhere.. not such a strange idea if we get some 700Mhz (Wifi 2.0) TV white spaces frequency. I’d still have to log in over and over and over and over. This is crazy.
How are we ever going to see mobile VoIP if we can’t solve this problem?
I want open access networks. I want roaming. I’m happy to do a bit of work up front, but after that I want this to.. all just work.
ps. Corporate Guest Wifi is just as bad. Even with all their expensive managed switches it’s always a big problem getting a guest wifi account.