The BID offers free outdoor WiFi access within more than twenty blocks in the heart of downtown and in open space areas such as Library Green, the New Rochelle Train Station and New Street at New Roc City and at many of downtown New Rochelle’s vast array of quality, attractive and affordable restaurants and cafes. Many of these now offer al fresoc dining along tree lined streets and extensive public plantings, all with free outdoor WiFi.
To log on to the BID’s free outdoor WiFi network just do the following:
1. Verify that your Wi-Fi card/ AirPort is turned on
2. Detect the SSID, which is “DowntownWiFi”
3. Open your web browser
4. Sign up for an account and/or login
5. Surf the net
6. Log off
The BID’s network was improved over the winter months by Downtown’s Wireless Edge. The BID is also working with Monroe College to survey the network to insure easy access by the public and to also expand its use to more of downtown’s great cafes and restaurants.
New Rochelle is the first major downtown in Westchester and in the southern Hudson Valley region to be equipped with a free outdoor WiFi Network, thanks to a major initiative undertaken by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (BID).
The WiFi Network provides free outdoor wireless Internet access in an area encompassing twenty blocks in New Rochelle’s central business district. Coverage is generally available in the area of Main and Huguenot Streets between LeCount Place and Centre Street as well as at Library Green and the Metro-North Railroad Station, which also has been equipped by the BID with the railroad’s first public information computer kiosk. Indoor coverage will vary depending on your proximity to WiFi access points.
To access the network you will need an 801.11 b or g interface card in your PC or laptop computer or other WiFi enabled device. Technical Support—Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm: (914) 712-0000, ext. 205
For your own protection and privacy, you are advised to install a firewall or other computer security measure when accessing the internet. For information on internet safety, please visit www.westchestergov.com.