MBTA Internet (Wifi) on Commuter Rail

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Postby railsforroads » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:59 pm

concordgirl wrote:...In all seriousness, though... Has anyone seen any wifi cars on the NS??


Believe it or not, I have seen at least one Wi-Fi enabled car on every single line, both north and south. Doesn’t mean they’re still there ;-)
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Postby sery2831 » Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:16 pm

I dont believe it since I work on the North Side and I use my laptop every day on the trains. I have not seen ONE train on the North Side with wifi. And I don't believe you ride EVERY line both sides.
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Postby concordgirl » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:47 pm

Yeah okay. That's kinda what my impression was too, John.

The Fitchburg wifi thingy from the T has "December 2007" written on it. Does that mean they were testing that line back in December? Or was the Framingham test really the first one?
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Postby sery2831 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:28 pm

I have a confirmed sighting of a wifi car on the North Side. I suspect it has been running up here as long as the first test one on the South Side. The car is the 530. The service is provided by Sprint.
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Postby concordgirl » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:58 am

Whoa, cool :) Tell them to put it into a Fitchburg consist!!! ;-)
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equipment list so far

Postby jgeary27 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:26 am

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530
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913
918
921
922
931

This is changing my boarding strategy...
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Postby sery2831 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:20 am

I found one on the 513 car last night. And that was on my way to Fitchburg!
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Postby concordgirl » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:21 am

Alright, now we're getting somewhere!!! :-)

John where were you when it actually worked? Do you remember? The Fitchburg signal map looks very up and down :P
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Postby sery2831 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:37 am

I didn't use it, I noticed it showed up to connect to my internet. I am sure it has the same dead spots as my Verizon service.
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Postby concordgirl » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:38 am

Gotcha. Yeah that is why I'm not expecting too much ;) Still pretty cool though!
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Postby CSX Conductor » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:19 pm

sery2831 wrote:I didn't use it, I noticed it showed up to connect to my internet. I am sure it has the same dead spots as my Verizon service.
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Postby acela 2036 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:04 pm

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Postby CJ » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:40 pm

concordgirl wrote:...In all seriousness, though... Has anyone seen any wifi cars on the NS??


Actually "maybe". I was out near BET friday night waiting for someone, and I was scanning open networks with my PDA, and one did show up named "CommuterRail(something)" when a set went by. I didn't catch the number(s), but its worth a mention!
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Postby concordgirl » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:07 pm

Cool :) Yeah John mentioned the 530 and the 513 so far.... I'll maybe be checking the entire length of my evening consist tomorrow before I pick a seat ;-)
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Postby Diverging Route » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:36 am

This is posted live from the 806 inbound on the Providence Line, in coach 916. Two coaches away, the 927 was also outfitted. The signal was strong from Mansfield to Canton, but then got poor near Route 128. Maybe someone was trying to download a movie :)

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

The 806 is usually a sold set of seven bilevels, but today was six and one flat - so many more standees than usual.
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