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Departure Lounges With Internet Portal?  
User currently offlineAircanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

Hello all

This might be a silly question but do all airports around the world offer internet portals for laptop users at departure lounge area? I've seen people hook up their laptop to the powerport and some locations I see internet portal? I'm a first time laptop user just got one last week and I'm thinking of taking my laptop with me on vacations and like to check my emails and other stuff during waiting for my flight. I can kill time online while waiting for boarding time.

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User currently offlineChepenato From Canada, joined May 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

Most terminals offer WiFi but usually for pay. I just flew through MSP (Lindbergh) and MEX(Terminal 1) with both offering wireless through Boingo or an affiliate. I believe the same company offers service in IAH. I would think that elite lounges offer the service if you are a member.

Here in Canada, YVR offers a Public portal for free.

[Edited 2009-07-21 22:58:49]

[Edited 2009-07-21 23:03:20]

User currently offlineAircanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Oh ok thanks for the info didn't think we had to pay for it. I thought they offer it free for passengers waiting for their flights. I've notice the internet portal at IAH in depature lounge. ppls set up their laptop. So how does one get charge for using their service and whats the price approx?

User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1209 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

The correct term for a relatively small area where your computer can connect to the Internet wirelessly is '(Wi-Fi) hotspot'. The term 'portal' (usually preceded by the word 'web') has an entirely different meaning.

User currently offlineChepenato From Canada, joined May 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

In Boingo's case, you can sign up for a 24-hour access or a monthly membership; in the US it costs around US$9.

As for signing up for the service, when I arrived at IAH and launched a web browser it detected Boingo's WiFi service and showed a web page advertising it. Once you sign up with them, you can download a small program that will alert you next time you are around a Boingo HotSpot. The company also offers service outside of North America but the cost goes up.

If you know which airport you will be travelling through, search their web page for WiFi information. Elite airport lounges are likely to offer the service. In addition, many airlines are starting to or already offer inflight WiFi.

Afterburner....you are correct, WiFi Hotspot is the correct term. Thanks.


User currently offlineAircanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1354 times:



Quoting Afterburner (Reply 3):
The correct term for a relatively small area where your computer can connect to the Internet wirelessly is '(Wi-Fi) hotspot'. The term 'portal' (usually preceded by the word 'web') has an entirely different meaning

yes thats correct thanks for reminding me. i forgot. thanks for the info all.


User currently offlineAircanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Hello all

Once again thanks for the info. One more question which my sound silly or stupid.
Each small area at the terminal not including airport lounge by airlines how do I attach my laptop to the internet? is there a wire connector (internet cable) or do I have to bring one from home? sorry don't know much term name for computer stuff.
I didn't really pay attention to other travelers hooking up their laptop, I just see them next to the area where they plug in their laptop for power and maybe for internet connection.


User currently offlineTravelExec From Spain, joined Dec 2007, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1329 times:



Quoting Aircanada014 (Reply 6):

Each small area at the terminal not including airport lounge by airlines [Wi-Fi HOTSPOT] how do I attach my laptop to the internet?

You need to make sure that your Wi-Fi is switched on - which it probably will be anyway.
Then, you need to find and connect to one of the services that are available.
To do this on a PC with Windows XT (not sure for mac) -
1) go down to the bottom right of your screen, and look at the icons to the left of the clock. One of them will look like a computer screen and will say "View Network Connections" when you hover your cursor over it.
2) Double click on this
3) In the window that opens, click on "View Wireless connections"
4) In the next window, pick one of the networks shown and click connect. If there is no network showing, then click on "refresh network list" on the left.
5) Eventually, the network you chose will say "connected". Then open your internet browser (Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Chrome...etc) and you will automatically be taken to a page which asks you to pay for the service - pay, and you are on!.

If you have any trouble, ask a fellow traveller to help - I am sure they will be delighted to do so. If you can't see anybody with a laptop, ask any spotty adolescent... they are sure to know.


User currently offlineAircanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

Thank you so much for the help TravelEXec. I'm a first time laptop user and it felt so weird to scroll down pages using only my fingers instead of the mouse. I'm slowly getting used to using my laptop although I do have my own computer but now I have a laptop as well. I hope its not much of hassle to take my laptop on the airplane especially going through security check point. My laptop is big. 17inch screen. Again all thanks for the info.

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