WIFI Scores at Alabama State Parks
Wireless Internet Scores Big With Alabama State Parks Visitors!
In the last year, you may have noticed a new addition to many of Alabama's State Parks- Wireless Internet. That's because Alabama has embarked on one of the largest wide scale WIFI 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 and unwind, to hike and 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 folks want to be connected. Alabama's State Parks WIFI network was designed to provide their guests with a reliable internet connection to enhance their stay in the parks yet still be "connected" with friends and family back home and be capable of conducting essential needs.
Beginning with Gulf State Park in August of 2010, the parks system has deployed over 600 radios, routers, and relays, utilizing 92 miles of wireless networks to provide internet to more than 1200 campsites and over 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 "hotspots," these deployments have turned entire campgrounds "hot," allowing for guests to stay connected while in the comfort of their own RV. Ongoing support and continuous improvement have been implemented to ensure any problem areas or outages are remedied in short order.
Next time you take a trip and need to stay connected, Alabama State Parks will be ready to meet your needs!