Last week MacCentral brought readers news about Boston-area technology management firm Tech Superpowers Inc.’s efforts to open the Newbury Open Network on Boston’s Newbury Street. Today brings news that the company has opened a new location.
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The Newbury Open Network is a wireless network based on the IEEE 802.11b (or Wi-Fi) networking protocol. The service opened earlier this month. It’s compatible with Macs equipped with AirPort or other 802.11b-based wireless networking cards, as well as PCs or handheld computers. As the name implies, the Newbury Open Network is free to use. Newbury St. merchants who want to join the network incur a modest startup cost, but have no monthly fees.
Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay, Newbury St. is one of the city’s more popular (and upscale) shopping areas — it’s populated by picturesque brownstone town houses and is home to numerous restaurants, bistros, art galleries, clothing boutiques and more. If you’re curious about why Tech Superpowers Inc. opened the Newbury Open Network there, you only have to consider the company’s own address: 252 Newbury St.
The Newbury Open Network launched its first node at Trident Booksellers Cafe, located at 332 Newbury St. Now the combination bookstore/cafe is joined by a nearby restaurant called The Wrap, located at 247 Newbury St. The Wrap sells gourmet wraps, burritos, smoothies and more. Tech Superpowers, Inc. indicated that the Newbury Open Network’s node at The Wrap covers the entire inside seating area as well as the outside patio.