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…

Stockholm Free Wi-Fi

Posted on May 26, 2007

I found three free Wi-Fi networks in Stockholm. One was an independent cafe, Café Edenborg, where there is both open Wi-Fi access and available power points for those battery recharge moments. The coffee was good too. The next one was in a local burger chain called Max. I saw two Max locations during my stay, but could only detect Wi-Fi in one of them. The one where the Wi-Fi was present did have a sticker on the door though indicating that WLAN was available. At that location, the connection was open to the internet without any need to sign in, or even accept terms & conditions. Finally, the most common of the free networks I found was SkypeZones. These free networks, which appear to be sponsored by Skype, are all over the city. They provide reasonably good strength outside on the street, and two networks: SkypeZones and SkypeZones_Phones. As with the other two networks, they are entirely open – no sign in page or terms and conditions page at all. I was able to surf the web, make Skype calls and even make SIP calls through VoiceStick at a number of these locations with no problem at all.

Rover Rabbit

Posted on May 26, 2007

In every 7-Eleven store I found in downtown Stockholm there was a wireless network provided by Rover Rabbit. These had a very strong signal outside the store too (I believe that the dipole antenna over the doorway is in fact the Wi-Fi antenna, which would explain the signal quality!). They are a pre-paid only provider, selling access in units of 1 hour, 24 hours or one month. Unlike most pre-paid services though they expire on calendar time after first use, irrespective of the amount of use. These hotspots are now supported through Devicescape now – just enter the username & password from the scratch card, or, if you buy online, activate with your browser and use the random looking username/password from the popup window (your Rover Rabbit website username & password will not let you get online sadly).


Posted on May 26, 2007

Walking around downtown Stockholm on my first night there, I came across a McDonalds location where, in addition to The Cloud Wi-Fi service that is available in all McDonalds locations in Stockholm, there was also a FON access point visible. I saw three or four FON access points around Stockholm, though I only managed to get connections to two of them using the N95 – the others were too weak for the N95 to associate with successfully.

Devicescape to demo at SF Beta on May 31st: Reminder

Posted on May 25, 2007

SF Beta boasts gourmet catering, music throughout the night, a dozen startup demos, and great people all night long. It sounds too good to be true, but honestly this is $10 well spent! And at this months Beta-fest at the “uber-chic” 111 Minna Gallery, Devicescape will be strutting its stuff and showing off all the latest enhancements and offerings from our start-up, including first public appearances of our new feature “Personal Networks.” In addition, we’ll be showing our software running on Nokia phones and Windows Mobile 6 smartphones – bringing the total numbers of devices we run on to hundreds of millions. (There were more than 40 million s60 Nokia phones alone in 2005.) Come by, grab a cocktail and drink in the exciting atmosphere of tech start-ups showing off their wares to early adopter fans. Devicescape will be showing: Table 1 in the front room from 6 – 7:30 Table 5 in the back room from 7:30 – 9pm* (unless otherwise booked) Tickets: $10/20 Online, $15/$25 Door » RSVP Now » Order Tickets Online

Arlanda Airport (Sweden)

Posted on May 25, 2007

The next city in the trip is Stockholm, in Sweden. Here at the airport there is a hotspot with pre-paid credentials (network name is LFVPUBLIC). The minutes that you buy remain valid for up to 30 days from first use, so frequent travelers through Arlanda Airport can buy time through a scratch card, add the credentials to their Devicescape account and get online automatically while sipping coffee waiting for their flight. I did also find a Telia Homerun location in the Sky City area (where the Roberts Coffee stand in the photo is located), and you can just about get a connection to the Radisson hotel’s Netpoint service too from the same area.