Does Your Church Have Public WiFi? (Poll)

I am doing a bit of research and would like to see how many churches provide free public wifi, and if so what does it look like.

If you have further thoughts on security and best procedures please leave those in the comments!

Does your Church Have public WiFi?

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16 Responses

06.12.12

We have two Wi-Fi's Set up one is a Guest Access and then we have a Staff one which is password protected. The Guest one goes through a terms of service page before allowing access

06.12.12

We used to have an open guest wifi with no terms and agreements page and then CTS Telecom notified us of illegal behavior from an IP address within our church and let us know we would be held liable if it were to happen again. I would highly encourage churches to have an agreements page to digitally sign before connecting to public wifi.

06.12.12

we have wifi but it is only for the media teams

06.12.12

We post the wifi password (wpa phrase that is easy) so our church can sit and have coffee and surf while keeping the neighbors off (who don't attend). I agree with the terms required idea, but if we had problems we would just go back to private access for staff only.

06.12.12

We have wifi but it is only for the Staff and also The Tech/Media teams. It is passworded.

06.12.12

We treat ours most like a hotel wireless platform. Users accept a terms agreement, (when it's not misbehaving) and perform some limited filtering against adult content, and other unscrupulous activities. Though we've never had anyone complain about being protected from such content on our public network.

By the way, Ubiquiti has a seemingly strong offering of wireless products which would be well suited for many churches in their Unifi product line.

06.12.12

We have a private wifi network for network services and our public network is segmented. We use open-mesh for wireless access points and to throttle bandwidth and create a terms of service page. Works well for us!

06.12.12

We have protected wifi access. But we also filter it with http://www.opendns.com/ . It is a great service and free, they have a a few paid variances as well. Works great.

06.12.12

How do you provide a terms of service page?

06.12.12

Brad and Saul, some wireless devices will provide you with the ability, but on the cheap, you can use pfSense and it's Captive Portal to do splash pages, and throttle user bandwidth if necessary. It's a very powerful tool… And best of all it's free if you've the time and patience to set it up.

06.12.12

I have been wondering what all the benefits of Wi-Fi in the church are? I am trying to get my church to install this. Thanks

06.12.12

We offer free WIFI Router and ability to have a secure authentication method with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc for all non-profits. Take a look at http://www.wavespot.net/non-profits-get-your-own-… for details. Since anyone connecting to the network will use their Social profile, there is no chance someone will abuse the system, keeping church free from hassles of setting up terms-of-service page.

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