Implementation of a universal public Wi-Fi access
Muango, Charles O.
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As demand for Internet grows and its usage keeps evolving, there is need to create an avenue through which users can have access to this facility wherever they are without subjection to ISP providers; this will facilitate economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness. To address this today depends on incremental solutions that increase and guarantee connectivity without any hassle of having to purchase DTE/DCE (modems). The objective of this study was to implement a universal public wireless Internet access by use of the Wi-Fi enabled feature on laptops and other devices today. This will ensure drive to innovation, deliver seamless connectivity and optimize network use. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Internet services offered by ISPs (Safaricom, Airtel, Orange and YU). The results from this study revealed that Network coverage was the key reason for subscription to an ISP by a client among others such as cost, equipment (Modem) availability and spread of bandwidth for purchase. Based on the study, a Web based solution was developed from which all transactions pertaining to online purchase of bundles (based on the amount of funds one has in his/her account) and connecting to the Internet everywhere through a Public Wi-Fi would be achieved. This is the uniqueness of the developed solution in this work. Finally, conclusion and recommendations that will help provide better Universal Public Wi-Fi Access have been discussed.