Here I am, spending a little time on a lazy weekend in Roosevelt Field Mall. It’s early in the morning and there are few…
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Saturday I was having a working lunch at Panera Bread before heading over to Roosevelt Field Mall and a little iPad action. Time Warner, Optimum Online and Comcast all have wireless hotspots at the Panera Bread in Carle Place but I sat down, signed onto the Panera Network and got down to work.
After a really brief 30 mins I was booted off the Panera network. Time’s up. “You gotta go” is basically what the screen that popped up told me. How rude! Come on now, 3o minutes was just enough time to respond to all my emails.
I quickly switched to the optimum wifi network to finish my work and even write up this quick posting.
The place was not that busy on this beautiful Saturday so I don’t think my one person was preventing people from sitting and having lunch but, whatever. It’s their prerogative. I understand they want to move people along and make money, especially in this economy.
Unfortunately there will now be people who stay well beyond the allotted time limit now that there are other options available.
So this is just a head’s up to those of you who want to use Panera Bread as a hotspot. Between 12-2pm you are limited to 1/2 hour of WiFi. You’ve been warned! ;)
I’ve spent months tracking WiFi hotspots on Long Island and usually what I turn up is AT&T and Optimum WiFi and these two have a huge head start. In the past I have written that I thought Cablevision would have a monopoly on Long Island if no other cable company attempted to blanket Long Island with WiFi.
Now as I do my daily travels I am finding Time Warner and Comcast are both entering Long Island. My favorite WiFi hotspots now have more choices for me to connect to the internet. As I write this posting from a Starbucks I originally used the Optimum network but had some trouble connecting. I switched to the Time Warner WiFi network to finish my work. So far these new networks are open to everyone. (Quick Update 4/3/10, Comcast seems to have secured their WiFi hotspots and are now open only to their subscribers)
According to my research the Time Warner WiFi networks are piggy-backing on the Cablevision networks and if that’s the case Cablevision will still hold a monopoly on Long Island WiFi. I’m not sure if Comcast is doing the same but I’ll keep checking.
So that’s my heads up for the day. I would love to know if anyone else is stumbling across open networks across Long Island. As the summer hits and more people travel I expect to find some real diamonds.
An AT&T, Cablevision, Time Warner, Comcast combo – Long Island is going to be the most connected place on the planet and I’ll be right here enjoying it all.
- Free Wi-Fi In NY for All Road Runner Users [Wi-Fi] (gizmodo.com)
- Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi Zones Now Available To New York City Area Road Runner High-Speed Online Customers (prweb.com)
- Time Warner offers free Wi-Fi in NYC (news.cnet.com)
I get this question quite a bit and the answer is “NO”! If you are an Optimum Online customer you get unlimited free WiFi with your internet package.
The same does not hold true for people who do not subscribe to Cablevision. Non subscribers trying to get onto the Optimum WiFi network will be considered a guest.
Guests will be able to access the Optimum WiFi network three times per 30-day period for a 10-minute session each time. There is a limit of one 10-minute session per day.
For guest access to Optimum WiFi:
Connect your device to the Optimum WiFi network.
- Open a Web browser. You should be presented with the Optimum WiFi login screen.
- Select the GUEST button at the bottom of the login screen.
- Provide your Name, Mobile Number, E-Mail Address and Zip Code, then click SIGN IN(for laptop users, you will also need to check the Terms and Conditions Agreement then click SUBMIT).
And that’s the scoop on Optimum WiFi time limits. If you have any additional information regarding Guest access, feel free to leave a comment.
- Free Wi-Fi Via Skype Access This Weekend! (ubergizmo.com)
- Airports offering free WiFi on the rise (trueslant.com)
- Cablevision WiFi Cloud Is Getting Easier, Smarter & Busier (gigaom.com)