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.

11/2003 With the release of the [http://www.palmone.com/us/products/handhelds/tungsten-c/ Tungsten C] a few months back and with the [http://www.sandisk.com/consumer/sdwifi.asp Sandisks Wifi SDIO card] many plams can now fully enjoy the fruits of connectivity without conduits, proxies or clipping software.

New Questions

New Question - Q: Does PersonalTelco.net have a news server if I want to cruise newsgroups?

Please feel free to ask questions here. You can edit the page by clicking on the Edit link at the top of the page.

How can I get my node added to the "Hot Spots" page? We've got one set up at a new Boyds Coffee location on 11th and Flanders. It's free, and open during store hours. Website is [http://www.boydscoffee.com].