Outsource your wi-fi

Let someone else take over your airwaves. That's what the Scottsdale Public Library in Arizona did when faced with the rising support costs of offering a homespun wi-fi network to their patrons.

Technnology Supervisor Aimee Fifarek turned to Ethostream, a company that installs “hospitality” wi-fi networks, like the kind you find in hotels for guests. Not only do they install and maintain the networking hardware, they also offer a toll-free number for library patrons to call for wireless tech support, thus liberating the library staff of supporting patron’s laptops.