Using the free wifi at a caf

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Using the free wifi at a caf

Postby Molly » Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:09 pm

I have a question about getting my XO to use the free wifi at a local cafe. They have an open access point which directs your web browser to a page where you must log in. My XO s-l-o-w-l-y tried every network in range, finally did connect to the cafe's wireless router, and then nothing. Neither Browse nor Opera would find that log in page--they gave Page Not Found errors. I tried for about 15 minutes and then gave up.
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[olpc-help] Using the free wifi at a caf

Postby znmeb » Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:35 pm

Molly wrote:
I have a question about getting my XO to use the free wifi at a local cafe. They have an open access point which directs your web browser to a page where you must log in. My XO s-l-o-w-l-y tried every network in range, finally did connect to the cafe's wireless router, and then nothing. Neither Browse nor Opera would find that log in page--they gave Page Not Found errors. I tried for about 15 minutes and then gave up.

I had a similar experience at a Kinko's with my T-Mobile account. It
took me a long time to get the wireless connection. It looked to me like
the XO was setting the mesh network up first and looking for other XOs
before attempting to do anything else. So I went into the "Neighborhood"
panel and clicked on the T-Mobile circle, and then it abandoned all its
fooling around looking for other XOs and connected to T-Mobile.

Once it connected, I opened the browser, which defaults to the "OLPC
Library", which is a file *on* the XO, not an external Internet site. So
I entered an external web site and got re-directed to the T-Mobile web
site. I logged in, and it took *another* long time before it returned to
my T-Mobile home page. I didn't want to spend the time messing with it
at Kinko's, so I just verified that I could surf to another page, which
also took a long time.

When I get some free time next weekend, I'm planning to load some
network performance monitoring tools on it and see exactly what's going
on. This is what I do for a living (well, not network-specific, but
Linux performance engineering) so I can find the tools.

One of them is called "iperf", which measures the bandwidth between two
machines. It's definitely in the "yum" repository. If anyone is
interested, go to http://dast.nlanr.net/Projects/Iperf/ for the details.

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[olpc-help] Using the free wifi at a caf

Postby Frihet » Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:30 pm

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
Molly wrote:
I have a question about getting my XO to use the free wifi at a local cafe. They have an open access point which directs your web browser to a page where you must log in. My XO s-l-o-w-l-y tried every network in range, finally did connect to the cafe's wireless router, and then nothing. Neither Browse nor Opera would find that log in page--they gave Page Not Found errors. I tried for about 15 minutes and then gave up.

I had a similar experience at a Kinko's with my T-Mobile account. It
took me a long time to get the wireless connection. It looked to me like
the XO was setting the mesh network up first and looking for other XOs
before attempting to do anything else. So I went into the "Neighborhood"
panel and clicked on the T-Mobile circle, and then it abandoned all its
fooling around looking for other XOs and connected to T-Mobile.

Once it connected, I opened the browser, which defaults to the "OLPC
Library", which is a file *on* the XO, not an external Internet site. So
I entered an external web site and got re-directed to the T-Mobile web
site. I logged in, and it took *another* long time before it returned to
my T-Mobile home page. I didn't want to spend the time messing with it
at Kinko's, so I just verified that I could surf to another page, which
also took a long time.

When I get some free time next weekend, I'm planning to load some
network performance monitoring tools on it and see exactly what's going
on. This is what I do for a living (well, not network-specific, but
Linux performance engineering) so I can find the tools.

One of them is called "iperf", which measures the bandwidth between two
machines. It's definitely in the "yum" repository. If anyone is
interested, go to http://dast.nlanr.net/Projects/Iperf/ for the details.

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Interesting. I've been out several times to two different sites with
great results. I have done nothing but start the browser, go to T-Mobile
login, enter a URL and browse. Speed seems perfectly normal.

George

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T-Mobile Out ATT in what does that mean

Postby Newbie2 » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:47 pm

Just read this in a tech journal. will ATT still honor the T-mobile free year? or will T-mobile continue?

Mike Elgan
The World Is My Office
February 11, 2008 - 12:16 P.M.
Starbucks announces free Wi-Fi

- Starbucks Corp. today announced that it's dumping longtime partner T-Mobile and switching to AT&T. Best of all, the company said Wi-Fi will now be free for Starbucks card-holders in many stores for the first two hours per day (as I predicted).

I wrote back in October that "Starbucks will start rolling out free Wi-Fi access within one year." The reason: Five years after announcing for-pay Wi-Fi, "the model appears old and stale and ready for a complete overhaul."

Starbucks plans to offer the new AT&T service initially at 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. It's available to Starbucks debit card users and Starbucks partners only.

Non-cardholding customers can pay $3.99 for two hours -- which, of course, will incent customers to get the debit card. Monthly membership will cost $19.99 per month, and will enable access to AT&T's 70,000 hot spots in 89 countries.

The company also announced that more than 12 million "qualifying AT&T broadband and AT&T U-verse Internet customers" would get unlimited free Wi-Fi at Starbucks.

The service starts in spring.

http://computerworld.com/action/article ... Id=9062059
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