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Welcome to The Cape Town Wireless Usergroup!

Please note that CTWUG is free and that you should not be asked to pay a connection or monthly fee, feel free to report any request to do so to the CTWUG committee at and we will look into it.

If you ended up here you must be interested in joining CTWUG. The following Pages are a guide on how to go about getting connected to CTWUG! Make sure you read this whole page before you start or ask for help.

So you've heard about CTWUG from a friend or colleague - but what exactly is it?

CTWUG is a stand alone non-profit group consisting purely of members of the public that contribute time and effort into building a city-wide free wireless network using specialised wireless equipment. The CTWUG network that is independent of any commercial telecommunication company and has no monthly or membership fees.

The most important thing anyone will ever tell you about CTWUG is this...
CTWUG isn't a company. There are no employees that you pay for the service. CTWUG is s a community of people that build the network - by joining, you'll be learning about networking and you'll be expected to be able to do your own installation and maintain your own connection. CTWUG is as much a learning experience as it is a functional network.

The group is run by a committee who are elected yearly at our AGM in August. They are aided by a dedicated group of network and services admins. The network is open and free to be used for absolutely anything except business use or to make money. Our full Constitution and CTWUG_Rules contain more information. For more information about the governance of CTWUG, please see the CTWUG Organisational Diagram

Getting Help

The guides should be followed carefully if you hope to get connected to CTWUG. Before asking for help, make sure you've followed the guides and finished at least the first guide - Getting_Started. If you do need help outside of these guides, there are several ways you can get it.

First, contact your area's First contact. There is a list of these contacts here: First_Contacts.

Also, register on our forum and post under New User Support

And/or chat with us in #newbies on our chat server.
NOTE : Ask your area manager to add you to the area Watsapp group as well.
Your adventure into the world of wireless and wugging is about to begin!

Step ONE: Getting Started

The first step is to plot your node and find an access point.
Click here to begin: Getting_Started

Step TWO: Getting Connected

Once you've done that, you'll want to connect to the access point.
Click here to see how: Getting_Connected

Step THREE: Just Connected

Once you're connected, there are some things you'll need to do and want to know.
Read more here: Just_Connected


Sometimes things go wrong. There are some basic things you can do to find out what.
Click here to start troubleshooting: Troubleshooting