Residents and visitors to Carbondale’s Downtown District have a useful resource at their fingertips. The Downtown Carbondale Wireless Network was established to allow the users of laptop computers and other Internet-ready devices to browse the Web, use email and take advantage of other wireless network applications from downtown locations. The Network was installed to serve the Carbondale City Hall/Civic Center, the Amtrak Station, the Old Depot which houses Carbondale Main Street and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, the Veterans Plaza and Friendship Plaza. It is estimated that there is a 500 foot radius of coverage around each of these locations. This free Internet service can be accessed from a laptop computer. If the laptop does not have wireless built in it will be necessary to have a wireless capable device. It has been noted that there are limitations to the system from the user’s end. As a rule, most wireless capable devices only have enough signal strength to transmit 500 feet unobstructed. In some cases, a user may be receiving a strong signal from the wireless access point but the user’s system is not capable of transmitting a strong enough signal to connect with the wireless access point. If you are unable to make a connection, moving closer to the access point or moving to where there are no obstructions can generally solve the problem.