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Jan 31

The Wireless Cool City (Reprise)

Comments (9) 11:59 PM posted by admin |

Back in January of 2005, I wrote about the Wireless Cool City. Ypsilanti had just received a $100K “Cool Cities” grant from the State of Michigan, and I figured that if I could have gotten my hands on a little bit of that cash, I could have made the Downtown more desirable to the so-called “creative class” by giving it free wireless internet.

Well, things don’t always turn out the way you plan them.

I apolgize for not getting around to it sooner, but over the last three weeks, my associates and I, along with more than a dozen downtown business owners have wired the downtown.

We’re live. It’s there. It’s free. Go downtown and use it.

We’ve already had more than 280 users transfer nearly 19 Gb of data.

Welcome to the 20th century, Ypsilanti.

9 Comments »

  1. Comment by Matt Callow
    February 1, 2008 @ 11:18 am


    Great stuff Brian! This, and beer being sold at the co-op, makes me sad I’m in Ypsi anymore…

  2. Pingback by Wireless Downtown « PPNA Happenings
    February 1, 2008 @ 4:32 pm


    […] Brian Robb and friends have done it again. They have teamed up with local businesses to make Downtown Ypsilanti wireless. As I understand it you can get wireless internet in your apartments, on the street, etc. The […]

  3. Comment by brobb
    February 1, 2008 @ 5:02 pm


    Matt, it’s never too late to move back.

  4. Comment by rodneyn
    February 1, 2008 @ 6:18 pm


    Kathleen Conat put together a very nice front page article (“It’s a Wireless World”) in this week’s Ypsilanti Courier about this great project. Nice work, Brian, Steve, and everyone involved. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when City Hall and it’s satellite DDA offices are not involved.

    Could you put a repeater antenna or two on the DDA’s dumpster enclosures too? It will help them feel wanted and appreciated…

  5. Comment by Cousin Geoff
    February 1, 2008 @ 9:19 pm


    Very cool!

  6. Comment by Dave
    February 4, 2008 @ 1:47 pm


    So whats the range or covered area. Is there a map we can reference for approximate coverage? Also is there a WEP key or anything we need to know or is it just completely open?

  7. Comment by Edward Vielmetti
    June 19, 2008 @ 9:41 am


    There’s a small (tiny? hard to know yet) Meraki network in downtown Dexter; it goes into Bearclaw Coffee and is run by the local computer shop downtown.

  8. Comment by brobb
    June 19, 2008 @ 9:55 am


    For what’s worth, Wireless Ypsi is repsonsible for this network as well. A friend of mine is a Dexter Village Trustee and I helped him get it going through their DDA.

  9. Comment by Edward Vielmetti
    January 31, 2009 @ 2:08 am


    Thanks to Steve Pierce for doing a field install of Wireless Ypsi’s first node in downtown Ann Arbor. It’s up and running at Eastern Accents on 4th Ave which is the home of the weekly a2b3 lunch group I host.

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