Tips for getting the most out of the VicFreeWiFi Network

The VicFreeWiFi network is enabled with the latest WiFi technology. Here are some tips to get the most out of your experience: 

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  1. Be a Responsible User: The VicFreeWiFi network is free for all to experience, with all users are treated equally. And just like when driving on our public roads, it is important that all users recognise the importance of sharing a finite resource. This means being a responsible user, so that everybody gets to where they want to go efficiently.
  2. Location, Location, Location: The network will allow the user to move throughout the defined coverage area without having to reconnect. However, if you want to get the best performance you will need to first identify a VicFreeWiFi Network Access Point. You can discover this on your phone, looking for VicFreeWiFi in your WiFi network list. Once you have connected to a VicFreeWiFi Network Access Point, here are some tips to ensure you get the best performance:
    • Remain semi-stationary and the network will optimise your connection performance with time
    • Stay within 30m of the Access Point while maintaining an unobstructed view of the Access point
    • If you can see the Access Point (see photos below), orientate yourself toward it and hold the device away from your body as much as is practical. Also hold the device on its edges to avoid covering the area of the device that contains the antenna
  3. Upgrade to the latest Device - Using the latest devices will give you the best performance, as they come enabled with the latest WiFi standard (802.11ac) e.g. Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One etc. If you have an older device, it should still work on the VicFreeWiFi as the network supports previous WiFi standards. Keep in mind that if there’s a lot of people in the vicinity of the Access Point, then speeds may be affected, think of it like a traffic jam. This will be evident when there is a large event like White Night or the AFL Grand Final parade, not only is it hard to walk freely, but it will also be difficult to surf freely on the VicFreeWiFi Network.