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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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Free WiFi in Paris

The City of Paris has just announced free WiFi locations in 260 parks, city halls, libraries, and museums throughout the city. Some are opening in mid-June, the rest in September. There is a clickable map to the locations here: http://tinyurl.com/34rv4t

This is also a great way to phone home very inexpensively using Skype, iChat, or some other form of internet telephony.
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Dear travelhorizons:

Thanks for the WiFi info. Does it accept the 802.11a/b/g/n protocols?
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 12:30 PM
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If you'd go to the website given and noodle around a bit, you find this statement:

WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) est le nom commercial du protocole réseau IEEE 802.11.
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 01:22 PM
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Travelnut: What are you saying (and NOT saying)? Some of us can't read French; I can't even read between the lines.
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Doesn't say what the protocol is...
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 01:33 PM
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That's awesome but if you plan to do a lot of Skype, I would make sure your accommodations offers access.

Lugging around a laptop to public places might not be as easy as it sounds.

Out here, Google has wired the city of Mountain View (40 miles from San Francisco) and there are efforts to have some level of free access in some other cities.

Wifi just isn't the best or most secure though to cover a large area.

But free is better than nothing and France has some expensive telecom options for visitors (trying to find a decently-priced prepaid GSM now).
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 02:49 PM
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"WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) est le nom commercial du protocole réseau IEEE 802.11."
WiFi is the brand name of the net protocol IEEE 802.11. It means every Wifi works with this protocol.
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 03:19 PM
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Thank you
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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Sorry.. I don't speak French either but sometimes I can pick out what I want from a website. Of course, sometimes that could get me into trouble, but I felt pretty safe with a wifi discussion !

p.s. after seeing "14th arr" in Paris je t'aime, I may never attempt to speak French again !
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Old Jun 18th, 2007, 02:48 AM
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A word to the wise: WiFi in your rental apartment does not necessarily mean WiFi working. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't, and if it isn't the odds of getting it to work during your stay are not too high.
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Old Jun 18th, 2007, 05:40 AM
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Wifi 802.11 is a set of protocols...for example 802.11b and g use the 2.5GHz band, 801.11a uses 5GHz band.

Would I not be right in assuming that not every wifi card would do every protocol?
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That's true and in Madrid, they had to get me the password the day after it arrived. It was a pretty weak signal but it worked.

I pestered them since they did advertise it.

In Venice, it wasn't suppose to have it but I found a signal.

A lot of apartments in different cities are charging a bit extra so that should be a sure way to get it. Some apartments and hotels have hot spots for commercial operators like Orange, which can be prohibitive.

If you lug your laptop on the expectation that they have access and that is one of the reasons you selected the accommodations that you did, the landlord damn well better deliver.
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"If you lug your laptop on the expectation that they have access and that is one of the reasons you selected the accommodations that you did, the landlord damn well better deliver."

I agree. I'm pretty sure when the WiFi doesn't work the apartment owner/landlord has meant well. (Perhaps it's newly and poorly installed, or there are other technical problems). Sometimes you get lucky and find WifFi elsewhere in the building that isn't password protected. Unfortunately, the landlord is sometimes a continent away, and his/her agent doesn't always have the expertise or support to sort the problem out. My advice: Don't choose or eliminate a vacation apartment solely on the presence or absence of Internet access. There are Internet cafes all over Paris, and soon the new, free hotspots announced above. If Internet access from your lodging is essential,you most likely need it for business. Consider staying in a first-class hotel.
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