We are always looking to improve this FAQ in order to make your experience using the Personal Telco nodes easier. If you are having problems and don't see the answer to your question below please add the question to the list below and somebody will answer it soon.

Happy surfing.


General Questions

  1. Q: Is this really a free internet site? Can I use it as much as I want? BR A: You bet! This is a community wireless network provided to the public free of charge. Please remember that someone else is paying for the bandwidth so you can use it for free. Be respectful.

  2. Q: Why are you guys giving away free wireless internet? BR A: Well that's a bigger question then we have space for here. You might try browsing the website for some insight into what it's all about, especially the [CategoryPhilosophy philosophy section]. The short answer is that we think it's fun, and a great way for geeks and local businesses to give back to the community they live in.

Trouble Shooting

  1. Q: Why am I having problems with my email? BR A: You should only be having problems with sending email. See the next question for details.

  2. Q: Why can't I send email from some nodes? BR A: Most of the high profile public nodes (see CategoryNode) have port 25 blocked. This means that you can not send email. The reason we do this is to prevent spam, it would be too easy for spammers to abuse the public internet access offered to spam even more people.

    The best solution is to use a free web based mail service like [http://www.mail2web.com/ Mail2Web] or [http://www.mollymail.com/ MollyMail] to send and recieve your mail. We are actively working on solutions which will allow you to send your email, but will stop the spammers from abusing the system.

  3. Q: I can't get access with my Palm Pilot, what's going on? BR A: (Note: This is off the top of my head, if someone knows more details please help). Unfortunately this is a limitation of most browsers for palm pilots. Almost all of them do their web browsing via a proxy (which does some magic to format their pages for the small palm screen), and since the proxy isn't available before you authenticate it just can't work.

    Unfortunately there isn't anything we can do to make this work right now. However there is a free palm web browser which doesn't require a proxy called [http://www.eudora.com/internetsuite/eudoraweb.html EudoraWeb]. If it works for you please let us know so we can pass on the information to other PalmPilot users.

  4. Q: After I connect to a Personal Telco node my DNS settings get over written. A: Most likely you are running a Unix if you are having this problem. What's happening is that your ["DHCP"] client is overwriting your /etc/resolv.conf file with the settings most appropriate for the node you connected to. The best way to fix this problem is to enable DHCP everywhere you go and just let it overwrite your settings with the most appropriate settings whereever you are. If you don't like that then most clients have a setting which tell it not to do this. With pump you can tell it to leave your resolv.conf alone by running it like this (where eth0 should be replaced by whatever your ethernet/wireless interface is):

    # pump --no-dns -i eth0

New Questions

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