ping: Jeff .: the WSJ looks at providing WiFi in retail stores...

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by danny burstein, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. Chuckle. Brilliant advice from Bain Global IT. It reads like
    shopping mall wi-fi is somehow akin to a mysterious black art
    requiring secret knowledge or the involvement of Bain Global IT.

    One would think that after about 15 years of mass wi-fi deployments
    (McDonalds, Starbucks, every coffee shop in town, various municipal
    Wi-Fi systems, airports, sports centers, skools, etc) those in the
    industry could figure out how it's done, but I guess not.
    Interestingly, the one's I've seen fail are those where nobody
    bothered to do a site survey and where management tweaks the
    calculations to make it looks easier or better.

    Thanks much...
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Jan 29, 2013
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  2. danny burstein

    miso Guest

    I find Starbucks to be the most reliable wifi. I never have issues with
    it. Peets sometimes doesn't work at all, or will indicate you didn't
    connect when you actually did.

    Muni wifi seems to be on the wane. I don't see that Milpitas wifi
    anymore. I need to check if Pleasanton still has it downtown.

    One thing I find annoying is these retails stores don't have anyone
    remotely geeky to discuss wifi problems. Nobody knows anything about the
    wifi. They don't even boot it.

    For the retail stores, I'm sure they are logging MACs of the users.
    Maybe tracking them from zone to zone. Since I have Peets and Starbucks
    in my quick connection file, each company knows I frequent their
    competition.
     
    miso, Jan 30, 2013
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