The largest wireless computer hotspot in Europe has gone live at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, allowing cable-free internet access to staff and students anywhere on campus.

The 140-hectare campus is peppered with 650 individual wireless network access points, with each point having a range of about 100 metres.

Students with laptops and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) cards can access the university’s network and the internet from any building, the campus park and even from the university’s pool – without cumbersome cabling.

University spokesman Wiebe van der Veen says the new network will hopefully encourage some of the university’s 6000 students to continue studying outside lectures in small, productive groups. “The wireless facility gives new possibilities for educational methods.”
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