How Usable Are Outdoor Wireless Networks?

Authors

  • Amelia Bryne Potter
  • Neal McIntyre
  • Catherine A Middleton Ryerson University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2008v33n3a2099

Keywords:

Wireless, Broadband applications, Broadband networks

Abstract

Abstract: This report discusses the usability of outdoor Wi-Fi networks. Based on a study of wireless networks in Toronto, the report outlines usability challenges related to device availability, technical limitations, and constraints of the physical usage environment. Guidelines are offered to improve the design of outdoor Wi-Fi networks, but it is also noted that other options may prove to be more feasible for the provision of broadband access in municipalities.

Résumé : Ce rapport traite de la fonctionnalité des réseaux Wi-Fi extérieurs. Se fondant sur une étude de réseaux sans fil à Toronto, il passe en revue les défis liés à la disponibilité des appareils, à leurs limitations techniques et à l’environnement physique de leur utilisation. Nous proposons des normes qui amélioreraient la conception des réseaux Wi-Fi extérieurs, tout en remarquant que d’autres options pourraient s’avérer plus pratiques pour assurer un accès à large bande sûr dans les municipalités.

Author Biographies

Amelia Bryne Potter

Amelia Bryne Potter is a researcher with the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project (www.cwirp.ca) and the Ethos Group (www.ethoswireless.com).

Neal McIntyre

Neal McIntyre is a researcher with projects including the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project (www.cwirp.ca).

Catherine A Middleton, Ryerson University

Catherine Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management at Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3.

Published

2008-10-19