City of London Wi-Fi

Posted on May 30, 2007

The City of London, which for those not aware of it is an area also known as the square mile right in the heart of the capital, is now also a wireless hotspot. Wi-Fi service is free at the moment, courtesy of The Cloud and Nokia. You just need to sign up for credentials. Once you have them, Devicescape should be able to get you online where you find one of the City of London hotspots.

London Victoria Station

Posted on May 29, 2007

Much like Gatwick Airport, Victoria train station has coverage from the three main providers here in the UK: BT Openzone, The Cloud and T-Mobile. I was able to sit upstairs, outside the Wetherspoons pub, and get a connection to all three networks without any difficulty.

Gatwick Airport

Posted on May 29, 2007

London Gatwick airport, south of the capital, has lots of Wi-Fi options. Coverage in the south terminal at the airport is provided by BT Openzone and The Cloud. Then you can see T-Mobile from some locations too (e.g. in Starbucks up stairs in The Village shopping mall) The picture, by the way, is the Gatwick Express train which takes you directly from the south terminal at Gatwick to London Victoria train station in 30 minutes.

Caffe Nero – Surf and Sip

Posted on May 29, 2007

Here in the UK I discovered that in addition to T-Mobile, BT Openzone and The Cloud, Surf and Sip seems to have a good presence thanks to it being the Wi-Fi provider for Caffe Nero. And since Devicescape already supported the Surf and Sip hotspots in San Francisco, both natively and through Boingo roaming, I was able to login automatically as soon as I walked through the door.

Arlanda Airport Power

Posted on May 28, 2007

One side effect of having all the SAS flights out cancelled, including the one I was booked on at 8am to London, is that I spent a whole day in Arlanda airport. My laptop battery doesn’t survive that long, so finding at least one power outlet became a priority around 11am. I found nowhere at all in terminal 5 where the power points were live, but a short walk into the Sky City area gets you to the East West cafe (towards the terminal 4 end of the area). This has a small seating area off the main walkway, at the back of which there was a power point that was live. Sky City has coverage for both Homerun and the Arlanda Airport wireless network, though at the back of the East West cafe the signals are pretty weak. Going a little further, down the moving walkway/ramp into terminal 4, right in front of you is the Simply Coffee cafe/bar. This has power points under the bar seating around its outer edge, and also some on the sides of the columns where the sofa seating is. Down here, although I could see what Windows claimed to be strong signals from…