Definition Edit

Wireless community networks are interlinked computer networks using unlicensed wireless networking technologies and standardized 802.11b Wi-Fi devices to build citywide wireless networks or zones.

Overview Edit

Community networks can act as a low-cost alternative where access to cable modem or DSL service is either unavailable or too expensive. These networks began with the availability of 802.11 equipment. Most wireless community networks are coordinated by citywide user groups who freely share information and often offer free Internet access to anyone with a wireless connection.