Lenoir's downtown Wi-Fi down for upgrades

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 02:36 PM

The City of Lenoir downtown Wi-Fi is down today and tomorrow for upgrades, according to Lenoir Communications and Resource Director Kaye Reynolds.

The upgrades are being paid for by Google, which gave the city just under $100,000 for updates including a separate internet fiber solely for the wireless service, a new wireless controller and replacement of the 13 access points across the downtown district.

Most of the internal work has been completed, Reynolds said, and the service is down while crews work to repair the external, hardware portions of the upgrade.

Google paid $110,000 in 2009 for the initial installation of the wireless service, plus $15,000 to allow Google to host the Wi-Fi landing page, while the city operates and maintains the network.

Reynolds anticipates work to be completed sometime Tuesday, unless weather or other factors slow down the work. She said the city will update customers via social media and other outlets when the network is back working.

The network is still unsecured, however, she added, urging all customers to use caution when browsing the web on the city's Wi-Fi.