New colour code convention for map of Irish wifi hotspots

Will King of GeoData Solutions has kindly reformatted the map of Irish wifi hotspots to bring a new consistency to the colour coding, which distinguishes between BT/eircom zones, FONs and user submitted hotspots. The follow convention now applies –

  • Green = free & open hotspot
  • Yellow = free but login required
  • Red = paid
  • Red circle = FON
  • Red pushpin = BT Openzone or Eircom zone

It would very much appreciated if collaborators could observe that convention from now on. Remember, anyone can submit a hotspot.

UPDATE: The comments below discuss a problem with the 150 markers per page limit of Google Maps. However Will has come up with a way of getting around this – "I’ve merged all the data into one network link kml (ie it will always be updated when somebody adds a marker to this map) file which I’ve hosted at my own site If you want to view all in Google Earth just download that kml file and view on your PC. If you want to view in Google Maps then copy that link into the search box on the map page. Zoom into your area and all markers should load."

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9 Responses to “New colour code convention for map of Irish wifi hotspots”

  1. John Handelaar Says:

    The problem with someone loading every BT spot on the island would be that you can no longer see anything else until you go to page three of the results.
    If GMaps can’t show everything on one map, it’s probably time to shunt this stuff off to some other mapping provider. It’s suddenly got useless.

  2. Will King Says:

    John, it’s meant to be a map of ALL wifi hotspots in Ireland.
    It doesn’t matter what type of hotspot it is you would have run into this problem eventually had enough “free” hotspots been added.
    You’re right on moving this project away from Google MyMaps with its approx 150 markers per page limit. Feel free to buy irishwifimaps.com and and add the data to your own map.

  3. Will King Says:

    John, it’s meant to be a map of ALL wifi hotspots in Ireland.
    It doesn’t matter what type of hotspot it is you would have run into this problem eventually had enough “free” hotspots been added.
    You’re right on moving this project away from Google MyMaps with its approx 150 markers per page limit. Feel free to buy irishwifimaps.com and and add the data to your own map.

  4. Will King Says:

    I’ve posted this comment on the map comments page but thought I’d add here as well.
    Thinking about it a bit longer and found another approach. I’ve merged all the data into one network link kml (ie it will always be updated when somebody adds a marker to this map) file whch I’ve hosted at my own site http://www.geodatasolutions.co.uk/demo/mergedhotspots.kml
    If you want to view all in Google Earth just download that kml file and view on your PC. If you want to view in Google Maps then copy that link into the search box on the map page. Zoom into your area and all markers should load.

  5. James Corbett Says:

    Very cool Will, that works extremely well 🙂

  6. Bernie Goldbach Says:

    I really really wish you’d present in CreativeCamp so people can see how to upload their free and open wifi hotspots to the collaborative map.

  7. James Corbett Says:

    You think it would make a whole presentation? Hmmm,… maybe. Thanks for the suggestion. If the interest is there I’ll certainly consider it.

  8. Evert Bopp Says:

    I find it regrettable that the map now included paid hotspots. There are numerous online directories listing these already and it’s my opinion that we all would be better served by promoting the free hotspots…

  9. James Corbett Says:

    Evert, the idea is to have a SINGLE map showing all hotspots, instead of having to reference a number of resources. As long as the paid hotspots are well marked as such then what’s the problem?

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