Using Airport at the Airport

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2001, 17:26
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An interesting story about using my TiBook and Airport card at two recent airports.

Three weeks ago I changed planes at Denver and at Dallas. Opened my TiBook in Denver’s terminal and got no signal, but at Dallas I got two base stations. One said Moble Star and the other said Wayport. Selecting either one, and subsequently opening my browser took me to their respective web pages only. There they told me the airports and hotels where they were installed, and how their payments worked–both around US$30/month or $5-US$7 per day.


An interesting story about using my TiBook and Airport card at two recent airports.

Three weeks ago I changed planes at Denver and at Dallas. Opened my TiBook in Denver’s terminal and got no signal, but at Dallas I got two base stations. One said Moble Star and the other said Wayport. Selecting either one, and subsequently opening my browser took me to their respective web pages only. There they told me the airports and hotels where they were installed, and how their payments worked–both around US$30/month or $5-US$7 per day.

I selected Wayport, entered my credit card information and 30 seconds later I was on! And a very fast connection. I even left my chair at the gate and walked to a Chili’s restaurant near another gate (about 400 yards) and continued surfing while snacking. Never lost my signal. This is the wave of the future.

Then, three weeks later, this past weekend, I was at the Denver airport and tried again. This time I got a signal. The base station name said “Denver Int’l” without listing a company/provider name. When I went to my web browser I got a blank web page that simply asked for name and password. No info about the provider, daily/monthly charges, how to pay, etc. I tried a few names/passwords, but couldn’t get in.

Then a lightbulb went on in my head. This is obviously a new system and they’re probably just testing it before adding a user interface. So I tried name: “test” and password: “test” and BINGO, I was on. A T1 (it seemed) connection, and without a fee! So if anyone needs web/email access on their layover in Denver, just use the above name/password and you’re connected.

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