What does it take to wire up Austin so that everyone can get onto the Wifi network called ‘SXSW2013′? Wayne Brenner finds out for the Austin Chronicle, by talking to Scott Wilcox from the SXSW team:
Sometimes we put antennas on the tops of buildings and we run the cables into their networks. And then we go in, and – we’ll use, this year, about 500 computers and different types of network devices that require connectivity – so we’ll go into these locations, and because they’re not normally built out to accommodate the density of users we have attending SXSW, specifically the Interactive part, we have to augment the networks already in place. So we bring the bandwidth to the location, and we have to wire out the networks, put additional access points for wireless usage, and so on. So it’s a combination of things across the city, in the approximately 200 venues we’re using this year.
And I’m sure we’ll still have a bundle of people at Interactive wonder why the ACC never has working internet… Read on at the Austin Chronicle.