MBTA Internet (Wifi) on Commuter Rail

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Postby concordgirl » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:38 am

Diverging Route wrote:
It's tough to type two-handed sitting on the aisle of a 3-seater when three are in the seat!


Very cool post! Neat :-) And hopefully a problem I won't have with typing on my iPod...
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Postby jgeary27 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:39 am

Car 914 equipped. I resisted the temptation to post this from the train, and waited until I got to work. :-)
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Postby bierhere » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:58 pm

Car #514 had wifi. Based on IP addresses assigned it looked like there were 32+ users.
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Postby sery2831 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:06 pm

If you post the car number, please make sure it has not been listed already. And can you please let us know if it's North or South Side.

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Postby bierhere » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:00 pm

Car # 507
Southside
SSID = MBTA_507 ( first car not using Commuter Rail Connect , that I've seen)

Has both B and G wireless support. Until today, I've only seen B.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:14 am

Caught two more WiFi cars last nightwhile at BBY.

Mersshermittz B Car 508 (while on Train 715 to Forge Park)

Kawasaki 932 (while on 979 which i boarded to get to Route 128)

So, two more cars can now join the WiFi lineup
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Postby theinsider » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:59 am

I have yet to see a 900 that does not have Wifi. I have a feeling that all the 900's got it first.
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Postby Diverging Route » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:04 pm

theinsider wrote:I have yet to see a 900 that does not have Wifi. I have a feeling that all the 900's got it first.


Is this true for the door-enabled part of the fleet (900-915), that is mostly dedicated to the OC lines?
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Postby ags » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:12 pm

They may be designed for the old colony branches, but they run everywhere on the south side (maybe the north side too?). Daily equipment failures, equipment shortages, and delays require shuffling trains around to accommodate the schedules, so even the T cannot guarantee a certain car to run on a specific route on a given day.
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Postby Diverging Route » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:53 pm

ags wrote:They may be designed for the old colony branches, but they run everywhere on the south side (maybe the north side too?). Daily equipment failures, equipment shortages, and delays require shuffling trains around to accommodate the schedules, so even the T cannot guarantee a certain car to run on a specific route on a given day.


The 900s don't roam the North Side. Except for non-rev visits to BET, the north side has only single-level cars.
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Postby RussNelson » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:39 pm

Diverging Route wrote:It's tough to type two-handed sitting on the aisle of a 3-seater when three are in the seat!

You need one of my one-handed bluetooth keyboards! http://russnelson.com/chordite/
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Postby theinsider » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:33 pm

Diverging Route wrote:
theinsider wrote:I have yet to see a 900 that does not have Wifi. I have a feeling that all the 900's got it first.


Is this true for the door-enabled part of the fleet (900-915), that is mostly dedicated to the OC lines?


Yep, seen em on both OC and regular trains.
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Postby Epsilon » Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:49 pm

I was on 910 today- there was a WiFi sticker on, and I was able to connect to the "Commuter Rail Connect" network, but whenever I tried to view a website I got an error message...
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Postby sery2831 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:23 pm

I was in car 530 today and it has a different wifi set up than the other two cars I have seen. It also is not hooked up. This car has a green box with a PCIMA Sprint Air card sticking out of it! I did not see any type of cards in the other two cars. I wonder what the deal with this car is.
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Postby concordgirl » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:11 am

Weird! You should totally try and find out more.... I'll keep an eye out for that car tonight too :-)
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