Bethesda Wireless Internet Service Setup Guide

Downtown Bethesda Wireless Fidelity (Bethesda Wi-Fi) has been developed to offer free wireless Internet access to any citizen willing and able to light up a laptop equipped with an IEEE 802.11b or 11g wireless adapter. Wireless equipped laptops will be able to detect and connect to the Internet via active Hotspot access points in downtown Bethesda. The expected usage range from an access point is 300 feet in the urban area. The Bethesda Wi-Fi demonstration is a public/private effort between Montgomery County Government (MCG) and Atlantech Online, Inc. (AOI). The Montgomery County Government has deployed the wireless network services. Atlantech Online, Inc. has provided the Internet Service Provider (ISP) facilities. Web page-based information will be made over the wireless net as well as within the MCG and Atlantech Online home pages.


Wireless Internet access will be available FREE 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. There will be no preauthorization (or approval) requirements, and no guarantee of performance, privacy or reliability. There is an acceptable use policy statement and acceptance of these terms will be required prior to using the connection for Internet activity. Users will be advised of standard Internet User Policy. The free service has no help desk or customer service support and is being offered on a voluntary basis. The lack of privacy and reliability must be noted. Accessing the Internet over Bethesda Wi-Fi implies your acceptance of the Internet User Policy.


The Bethesda Wi-Fi welcome page will greet users as they acquire connection and Internet access. The welcome page summarizes services available and offers hot link keys to the Bethesda Wi-Fi Internet User Policy, Setup Guide, FAQís, and Bethesda Urban Partnership Web pages. There will also be links to Atlantech Online,Inc.,and Montgomery County Government home pages.


The map on the left side shows the targeted regions of coverage in downtown Bethesda. The network is designed to operate at street level along the roads and streets within the downtown Bethesda Wi-Fi service area.


Wireless Internet Access

Interested users are invited to visit the Bethesda Wi-Fi Frequently Asked Questions.


Please be advised that:


  • Bethesda Wi-Fi, and its sponsors, are not responsible for ensuring the privacy of information you transfer over the network. Virus and security protection is the userís responsibility.
  • Bethesda Wi-Fi assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of a userís equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into downtown Bethesda or used on the wireless facilities.
  • There is no Help Desk or supporting staff available to provide technical assistance.
  • There is no guarantee that you will have wireless access at any location at any specific time or with any specific equipment. Service disruptions may occur, and some equipment may not be compatible.