Silver Spring Wireless Internet Service
(SS Wi-Fi) Setup Guide

Silver Spring Wireless Fidelity (SS Wi-Fi) has been developed to offer free wireless Internet access to any citizen willing and able to light up a laptop equipped with an IEEE 802.11b or 11g wireless adapter. Wireless equipped laptops will be able to detect and connect to the Internet via active Hotspot access points in the Downtown Silver Spring area. The expected usage range from an access point is 300 feet in the urban area.  The Silver Spring Wireless Fidelity (SS Wi-Fi) demonstration is a public/private effort between Montgomery County Government (MCG) and Atlantech Online Inc. (AOI).  The Montgomery County Government has deployed the wireless network services. Atlantech Online Inc. has provided the Internet Service Provider (ISP) facilities.  Webpage-based information will be made available over the wireless net as well as within the MCG and Atlantech Online (AOI) home pages. 

Wireless Internet access will be available FREE 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. There will be no preauthorization (or approval) requirements, and no guarantee of performance, privacy, or reliability. There is an acceptable use policy statement and acceptance of these terms will be required prior to using the connection for Internet activity.  Users will be advised of standard Internet User Policy. The free service has no Help Desk or customer service support and is being offered on a voluntary basis. The lack of privacy and reliability must be noted.

The Silver Spring Wi-Fi Welcome page will greet users as they acquire connection and Internet access. The Welcome page summarizes services available and offers Hot link keys to the SS Wi-Fi Internet User Policy, Setup Guide, FAQ’s, and Downtown Silver Spring web pages. There will be linkage opportunity to Atlantech Online Inc, and Montgomery County Government home pages.

Figure 1
illustrates the targeted region of coverage in Downtown Silver Spring.   The network is designed to operate at street level along the roads and streets within the SS Wi-Fi service area. 

Wireless Internet Access

Interested users are invited to visit the SS Wi-Fi Frequently Asked Questions

Please be advised that:

  • SS Wi-Fi, and its sponsors, are not responsible for insuring the privacy of information you transfer over the network. Virus and security protection is the user’s responsibility.
  • SS Wi-Fi assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of a user’s equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into Silver Spring or used on the wireless facilities.
  • There is no Help Desk or supporting staff available to provide technical assistance.
  • There is no guarantee that you will have wireless access at any location at any specific time or with any specific equipment. Service disruptions may occur, and some equipment may not be compatible.
  • SS Wi-Fi does not guarantee that you will have access to every Internet site using the connection.
  • Services are limited to the following IP Protocols:
      • SSH
      • DNS
      • Telnet
      • POP3  (no SMTP)
      • HTTP
      • HTTPS
      • AOL/IM
      • YAHOO/IM.
      • No other protocols will work, including SMTP.