Wireless Internet Scores Big with Park Visitors
In the last year, a new technology has been added to many of Alabama’s state parks--wireless Internet. Alabama has embarked on one of the largest Wi-Fi deployments of any United States park system.
While many people love to come to Alabama’s state parks to experience the beauty of nature, to relax, to hike, fish and explore, sometimes it’s difficult--if not impossible--to fully unplug from technology. School, work, financial transactions and social networking are just a few of the many reasons people want to be connected. Alabama State Parks’ Wi-Fi network was designed to provide guests with a reliable Internet connection so they can stay in touch with friends and family and be capable of conducting essential business.
Beginning with Gulf State Park in August 2010, the parks system has deployed over 600 radios, routers, and relays, utilizing 92 miles of wireless networks to provide Internet to more than 1,200 campsites for more than 20,000 guests.
At this time, Lakepoint, Gulf, Wind Creek and Cheaha State Parks have full-scale deployments. Lake Guntersville, Joe Wheeler and Oak Mountain are in the final stages.
Rather than create a few localized “hot spots,” these deployments have turned entire campgrounds “hot,” allowing for guests to stay connected in the comfort of their own RVs. Ongoing support and continuous improvements have been implemented to ensure any problem areas or outages are remedied in short order.
The next time you take a trip and need to stay connected, Alabama State Parks will be ready to meet your needs!
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