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February 28, 2005

McDonald's to the Rescue

By Nancy Gohring

Plenty of Americans, myself included, would be mortified to step foot in a McDonald’s while overseas: But it appears that I’m not the only one to do so for the sake of free (or at least free with purchase) Wi-Fi. Actually, I donít know for sure if this writer is American. But after being shocked at the high price of Wi-Fi access in his hotel in Paris, he stumbled on a McDonald’s offering free Wi-Fi.

His story sounds eerily familiar to my recent experiences in Dublin. The hotel I stayed in charged about Ä20 per day for Wi-Fi access. I find that hard to stomach. After a reader alerted me to free Wi-Fi in McDonald’s cafes in Dublin and once I moved here, I tried one out because I was having trouble getting online elsewhere. The funny thing about the McDonald’s cafe on Grafton Street is that it appeared to me that the Wi-Fi access was specifically available only in the cafe, which fronts a regular McDonald’s restaurant. But even though I moved around a bit, I couldn’t find a spot with a decent enough signal to actually use the network. It makes me think that the AP is hung in the restaurant, where they discourage you from using the network.

Posted by nancyg at February 28, 2005 11:43 AM

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