For more than a year, the local software giant OSIsoft has been developing an underground ring of fiber optic cables that will turn San Leandro into one of the .
Backers call the project Lit San Leandro.
On September 24th, the public will get a taste of what it's like to be "lit" when the city flips the switch that plugs its libraries into this fiber optic ring -- giving library patrons Internet service 10 times faster than they enjoy today.
Like many communities, San Leandro offers two types of Internet service through its libraries.
- Residents without computers can sign up to use of one the 113 desktop computers located in the various branches.
- Patrons who own laptops can bring in their machines to use the library's wi-fi connection.
Heretofore, both of those services have been fed by a 10 megabit per second link to the Internet.
And if you've ever used it, you know it can be slooo-ooow.
But that will change on September 24th, when the library taps into the fiber loop and gains access to a 100 megabit per second feed.
That should deliver a 10-fold speed boost to Internet users at the Main Library, the Manor Branch and the South Branch, all of which are linked by cabling.
But the fourth library, the Mulford-Marina Branch, is off the main grid and won't immediately get this speed rush.
The city is planning a ceremony to celebrate this milestone and will issue a press release with details soon.
Patch discovered this imminent upgrade while checking out a reader's tip: the desktop computers used inside the library have been down since Saturday.
In asking why this was so, Patch learned that the router, or central controller, for these in-house computers had crashed when the city tested the new fiber option connection.
The router was apparently on its last legs and the extra speed pushed it over the edge. A replacement is on the way, and should arrive on or before Friday -- at which time those 113 in-house computers can be brought back on line.
Meanwhile, the wi-fi service to patrons with laptops remains in operation -- though slow -- until the 24th, when the library network gets its speed boost.
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