1. In the South Residence Lobby
Free wireless is available. The name of this wireless hotspot (SSID) is posted in the lobby, along with the password required to complete the connection.
2. In Your Room at the South Residence
a) WIRED: An Ethernet wire (usually blue) can be plugged directly into your computer’s Ethernet port. Bring a cable, just in case it is missing from your room.
b) WIRELESS: (two ideas)
i) If you have a laptop or a netbook connected to the wired connection (and it is working successfully), your computer can be made to send out wireless signals to share the Internet with others. You can accomplish this by installing and running the free version of Connectify. The name of your Connectify wireless access point (hot spot) will begin with the word “Connectify”. You must create (type) a password for this new Connectify hot spot yourself and then give this password to those who wish to connect to it. Download the “HOTSPOT- Feature Limited Lite Version” of Connectify from http://www.connectify.me/ Set it up and try it before coming to the conference.
ii) Look to buy a Portable or Mobile or Pocket Router that can create an instant wireless hotspot – also referred to as an access point (AP). Here is one such device -
The TP-LINK TL-WR700N, 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router. It costs about $30, and is the least expensive amongst those available locally. It has been tested and it works. Other manufacturers make similar devices, although they may require more steps to configure properly. The TP-Link WR700N is very simple to use. After plugging in an Ethernet cable (specifically, the blue cable marked for Internet), just push the fold-out prongs on this device into a standard electrical outlet (to provide power). It will automatically start broadcasting a wireless signal with a pre-defined name (SSID) that starts with “TP-LINK_” and some numbers. Click on this hot spot name in order to start the connection. Finish the login by typing in the password (which is printed on the device in very small lettering). The signal is powerful enough to supply a neighbouring room as well.
NOTE: The Ethernet cable included with the TP-LINK device is of poor quality. Bring a better cable.
iii) ALSO NOTE: Almost any wireless router can be configured to work as a wireless access point, but an experienced person should set this up for you before the conference.
3) While at Various Conference 2013 Venues Throughout the Buildings
Conference management has promised to provide passwords to the wireless network, and to supply written instructions for the various operating systems and devices our attendees are likely to bring. This includes smart phones, tablets (iPads and the like), and PCs.