This post was written on the square using the city’s new free Wi-Fi network

Although it’s fairly difficult to see my laptop screen due to the sun’s reflection, connecting to the city’s new free Wi-Fi network was a breeze.

In fact, I’m writing this post from a bench on the square (5:15 p.m. Friday).

The free Wi-Fi network is the result of a partnership between the City of Fayetteville, Cox Communications, and a few local business owners that were willing to allow Cox to install transmitters on their buildings.

So far, the connection seems plenty fast. Of course, I’m likely one of the few people to be using it right now considering the service wasn’t advertised to be available until Saturday morning.

To connect, just look for the “Cox Communications” public network in the options provided by your device. It should be easy to find considering it’s the only unlocked network (as far as I can tell).

Portal screen

After agreeing to the terms of use on a portal splash screen that pops up after connecting, you’re free to browse the internet as you please.

If that wasn’t a good enough tutorial, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and a few Cox employees will be in front of the Town Center starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with laptops set up to demonstrate how to access the service.

Plus, Cox spokeswoman Kelly Zega said they’ll be serving free grilled hotdogs from 10:30 a.m. until around noon.

Happy free Wi-Fi day, Fayetteville.