Google has blanketed Mountain View, Calfornia, the place it calls home, with WiFi using a mesh of nodes placed on the city’s lamp posts. A test of the network — access to which is not available to the public yet — showed that reliability, speed and ease of use do not match up with cellular or home Internet connections. Google claimed that the network can provide a speed of up to 1Mbps or less than half a fast DSL connection of 2.5Mbps and such would depend on how far the user is from the node. Signal inside homes is also very weak, which can be addressed by using an extra piece of signal-boosting hardware. There is also a lag in communication when calls are made using VoIP applications such as Skype.