Renaissance Center becomes Dickson’s first public WIFI hotspot

Release Date: 2/8/2005. Expired: 3/8/2005

The Renaissance Center is certainly a hotspot for arts and technology education. And now the world-class facility has become Dickson’s first public wireless Internet hotspot.

New technology installed throughout the 110,000-square-foot building creates a wireless Internet (WIFI) hotspot that provides free access to the Internet with a laptop computer equipped with wireless capabilities.

“Being a WIFI hotspot means anyone with wireless capabilities on his laptop can walk in the building and be connected to the Internet absolutely free with little or no setup,” said Brad Beaubien, senior director of Information Technology at The Renaissance Center. “This means there is now free Internet access in all of our classrooms and meeting rooms, in the Faraday Café and CyberCafé. This will prove to be extremely useful for many of the businesses and organizations that utilize the facilities here for training sessions, in-services and meetings. It also means parents passing the time while their child is in a class can check e-mail or surf the web.”

The Renaissance Center’s hotspot is compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g network standards, meaning most laptops with wireless capabilities are connected as soon as they enter the building.

Being a WIFI hotspot means you can:

  • Surf the web and download files while enjoying a cappuccino at the CyberCafé outside the Virtually Unlimited Bookstore;
  • Check e-mail while your child takes an art, music or theatre arts class anywhere in the building;
  • Conduct a working lunch with access to any resource on the Internet while enjoying the hot lunch buffet in the Faraday Café;
  • Access the Internet from any meeting or classroom in the building.

“The WIFI hotspot is just another of the technological advantages of The Renaissance Center for businesses and organizations,” Beaubien said. “In addition to the multimedia capabilities and satellite hook-ups available in most rooms, we now have wireless Internet access throughout the building.”

To learn more about wireless Internet access at The Renaissance Center and how it can enhance your next meeting or training session, contact Beaubien at (615) 740-5544 or .

The Renaissance Center has meeting spaces for group ranging from 10 to 100 people and can accommodate up to 440 people in its Performance Hall while the Faraday Café can provide catering for any size group. For more information on meeting services available at the center, contact LeAnn Polk at (615)740-5503 or .

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.