Public Wireless

The City of Renton Outdoor Wireless Network (CROWN) is a no charge, unmanaged, unsecure, Wi-Fi Internet access service available to the citizens of Renton inside and near every city building, and around select parks, intersections and reservoirs.

Many city facilities offer rooms for event rental. All conference rooms, ballrooms, gymnasiums, and auditoriums have access to an accelerated CROWNeXp network providing up to 200 Mbps ISP service.

Locations

  • City Hall
  • Renton Community Center and Cedar River Park
  • Highlands Neighborhood Center
  • North Highlands Neighborhood Center
  • Liberty Park Community Building and Liberty Park
  • Renton Senior Activity Center and adjacent parts of the Cedar River Trail
  • Maplewood Golf Course Pro Shop, Banquet Rooms, Driving range and parts of the course and some adjacent parts of the Cedar River Trail
  • Pavilion Events Center, Transit Center and Piazza / Gateway Park
    Henry Moses Aquatic Center
  • Clayton Scott Field – Airport tower, maintenance and gates V2, V6, V8, V9 and V10
  • Renton Historical Society Museum
  • 200 Mill building and City Central Parking
  • Fire Stations 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (under construction), 16, and 17
  • Maintenance buildings for Parks, Facilities and Public Works
    Gene Coulon Memorial Park Pilot House, Boat Launch, Bathhouse and maintenance.
  • Reservoirs at Rolling Hills, West Hill and Highlands
  • Riverview Park and adjacent parts of the Cedar River Trail
  • Sunset Park (under construction)
  • The Cedar River Boat House and adjacent parts of the Cedar River Trail

Coverage will vary widely depending upon the user's location within the city, the type of mobile device used, weather, and season. The city offers  no guarantee of performance, reliability, availability, or continued operation. The system is available at no cost and with no support from city staff. 

How to connect

  • Users must be within range of CROWN
  • Follow Wi-Fi connection steps on the personal device
  • Find the CROWN SSID on list of available networks
  • Select CROWN (or CROWNeXp) Wi-Fi network

At present there is no splash page or agreement page presented to connected devices, but use of the network implies agreement to the city's Internet website policies.

The city hopes users enjoy the convenience of the CROWN Wi-Fi service, but please beware of the following limitations:

  • While the city does use some basic Internet security filtering, there is no filtering of objectionable content.
  • This is a free, open, wireless service, so there is no assurance of security or privacy.
  • There is no guarantee of performance or reliability of the service. It will vary based on demand
  • Due to past abuse some typical ISP services are blocked including e-mail SMTP (port 25), FTP, and ports used by most BitTorrent and other file sharing services. Unfortunately, this may prevent some VPN clients from connecting.
  • Inside city facilities, CROWNeXp provides a faster service with very few restrictions and in a more controlled environment, so performance and reliability is higher.

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