Visitors of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon) can enjoy free wireless access to internet (WiFi). The service was installed in 2010 and recently the bandwidth has been increased.
Currently the free WiFi is only offered at the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, but in the not so distant future, other beaches in Rio, like São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca should offer the same service. Testing is in progress.
The “orla” of Copacabana has 24 access points spread out over its 4 km length and from Ipanema’s Arpoador to the end of Leblon beach (3,5 km), there are 20 access points.
A few rules and restrictions do apply:
- The first time you try to log on to the network, you need to register
- Your device needs to support the 802.11g standard (802.11b is not supported)
- There is a maximum access time per user (not specified)
- Web access, e-mail, msn, Gtalk and Skype are ok.
- POP email, P2P, and download of files bigger than 2MB are not allowed.
It is obvious that if no restrictions would apply, people living in the apartment blocks along the Orla would be using the service the entire time and probably leave little bandwith for the people who it is intended for.
For more info about free WiFi access in Rio de Janeiro, Click here (in Portuguese)
What is your good or bad experience with the free beach WiFi. Please leave a comment…