If you have a public venue — whether it’s a cafe, bookstore, or hotel — that you’d like to add Wi-Fi wireless networking to, you might be interested in a recent announcement from
Deep Blue Wireless
Pronto Networks. The companies unveiled a partnership to help build out the Deep Blue Wireless Wi-Fi network using Pronto’s infrastructure solutions.
Deep Blue Wireless offers access to the Internet via Wi-Fi — 802.11b wireless networking, the same as Apple supports in its AirPort hardware — at over 50 “hot spots” in the San Francisco area. Deep Blue also provides inexpensive Wi-Fi roaming at more than 600 locations across the country.
The agreement calls for Deep Blue Wireless to deploy Pronto’s Hotspot Controller units throughout Deep Blue’s expanding network Wi-Fi hotspots. Pronto’s products enable Deep Blue to provide scalable, turnkey installations for sites as small as a cafe or as large as a convention center, at prices starting at US$250. Pronto also provides upgradability to future wireless technology like 802.11a and 802.11g, as well as security functions like Virtual Private Network (VPN).