|On Thursday 9th September there was a sustained check on the actual state of 'wi-fi Exeter'.
A full report follows next week. The main conclusion is that the technology works, but is not widely understood. So there is little use being made of it. During Alt-C (14-16 Sept) there should be wi-fi in the Peter Chalk building so we will try to discuss the issues around learning and wi-fi . Details available at Life Bytes, 24 Paris Street where there is also web access on the desktop.
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|Freespot in the Southgate Hotel
Speed about minimum for broadband, almost half a meg.
|Just out of interest, we did check if you could access wi-fi outside the Southgate. You can't, but there was a signal from the Barcelona. You need a password to log on, ask at reception.
(Previously we had no idea that the Barcelon offered wi-fi)
|There was also a check in the White Hart.
No signal at all, but then they never claimed there would be.
|Signal ok from the BT phonebox. But not very comfortable. The table has gone as the fish and chip shop has closed. We decided against investing £6 for further tests.|
|IT Box in City Gate has signal ok. Decided against spending £6 in cash for one hour. But see screenshot below. This would work. As on other occasions, there was nobody else trying this. However, City Gate has a logo on the door, rare sign of promotion.|
|Test near the Phoenix and Central Library.
No signal at all but we met someone with a data projector.
NEXT WEEK, WI-FI in the Peter Chalk Centre. Not sure when. Check at Life Bytes. 24 Paris Street.