City of Riverside rolls out Free Wifi for residents

City of Riverside offers free wifi internet to residents I Love the City of Riverside’s Free WiFi

That’s right the city of Riverside has rolled out FREE wifi for all of its residents. This WiFi service is awesome, and has been such a blessing for me when I am out, and need to connect to the internet. I just want to personally say thank you to the city of Riverside, and to the genius that came up with this great idea to offer this service for free to all Riverside residents like myself. This free Wifi service for Riverside Residents is called Smart Riverside, and I think this name is more than appropriate.

The information below is from the city of Riverside’s website you can learn more by going to

Press Release

Wi-Fi users! Start your search engines! RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Riverside Wi-Fi users can make a minor adjustment to keep using Riverside’s
free network.
The city is now managing and operating the municipal Wi-Fi network with a new Wi-Fi operator, US Internet, starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Residents should change their computer service set identifier, or SSID, setting from ATTMETROFREE to SmartRiverside to continue to use the free Wi-Fi.
The City Council recently approved the change in Wi-Fi operations from AT&T to US Internet. US Internet will have the contract for the next five years.
The city partnered with AT&T in 2007 to build and sustain a free Internet access network for residents. The city will retain the assets and equipment associated with the Wi-Fi system and worked closely with AT&T to support a smooth transition, said Steve Reneker, the city’s chief information officer.
The city has also applied for federal economic stimulus grants to expand coverage across Riverside.
Wi-Fi coverage has spread since the program began three years ago. Many new users are graduates of the city’s Digital Inclusion Program. Families with incomes less than $45,000 can register for the program, which includes training in addition to a free refurbished PC, Microsoft Office software and a wireless access device through SmartRiverside. More than 4,000 city residents are graduates of the program.
For more information, go to, or call the city’s call center at (951) 826-5311.

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12 thoughts on “City of Riverside rolls out Free Wifi for residents”

  1. Does anyone know or have any success with a usb wifi/ router device to receive the signal from Smartriverside? what’s the best one out there? besides the one they recommend to buy…
    I was thinking on buying one that provides more than 300Mmbps, is any

  2. I’m not sure if this wireless connection works for my PC. my PC always states that it is unable to connect even though I followed the directions I’m using a windows 7 starter edition computer so is there any other way to connect?

    1. Samuel I do not believe you are doing anything wrong I have found that connecting to Smart Riverside is a hit or miss one day it works and the next day it doesn’t work. On the days it works you should get a SmartRiverside login screen where you input your email address and it should connect, but like I said it is definitely not a service I would use to replace a home internet connection. In spite of the unreliable connectivity of the Smart Riverside wifi it has came through for me on several occasions when my Charter connection goes out. I know this is probably not the answer you where looking for but I think the culprit is the fact that Smart Riverside wifi is just unreliable.


  4. how can I connect my internet radio (tangent quqttro) to smart riverside. I know the ip address but not the gateway subnet numbers or dcn or other numbers. this radio has no window only small LCD display. I was able to connect it to my home wi fi. At work I have a strong wi fi signal from smar riverside to watch netflix on my kindle fire, but I can not connect my radio, because I do not know all the numbers the radio are asking for. Any body knows?

  5. Minerva Carrillo

    Please advise as to how I can get free WiFi during evening hours, I am taking an online course and class is at 7 p.m. after library closes. The library is the only place where I can go to be online uninterrupted. I am at Monroe and Indiana Avenue is there a solution for this caption? Thank you

  6. Minerva Carrillo

    I need to know how can I get better reception from the WiFi. Sometimes it works but most of the time I cannot open more than two windows at a time. I am at Monroe and Indiana. If I get a modem from you will I have Internet access during the evenings? I am taking an Online course and class is at 7 p.m. the library closes at that time so is inconvenient for me. Please advise as to what solutions you may have for me. Or if you prefer to call, my phone number is 714-713-0197. Thank you.

    Minerva Carrillo

  7. How do I use it on my iPhone its checked in but it says I’m not connected to the internet? I’ve used it on my freinds ipad and it works easily!

    1. I have connected to the Smart Riverside network from my iPhone and Lap top, but occasionally it does not work. I am not sure why it works sometimes and other times it does not work I think there are still issues / bugs that need to be worked out. I know this is not the answer you probably where looking for but this is the best conclusion I could come ip with from my personal experience with the Smart Riverside free internet access.

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