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DocData757

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Can anyone tell me if they have WiFi at the Planation House and, if they do, is it free or on a cost basis?

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beachlvr

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yes they have wi fi . you have to call the desk and they give you the password that you need and its free

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DocData757

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Thanks!
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DonFromSLC

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So Dave, does this mean you are heading to SSIR soon?  If so, please don't forget to post to this site your experiences and updates on the resort.  It is our little way to get vicarious pleasure without actually being there!

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DocData757

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Sorry but no, my daughter is going there this year.
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reebop

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OK...  PH has wireless internet access using a weekly pass-code provided by the front desk.  It operates around the speed of a 'high speed' dial-up modem.  If you want to pull up email, it will work.  If you want to do anything on the web you'll get frustrated.  If you want to download an audio book or something of that sort, forget it.

I pay $15.00/month so my IPhone has 'tethering' capabilities.  When I want to use the net at SSIR I turn on 'tethering' and my laptop accesses the 3G service on my phone.  Since SSIR has it's own cell tower, my internet speed at the resort is faster tethering through my phone than the cable modem Roadrunner service I have back at home.

This April for comparison purposes I attempted to download a book from Audible.com using PH's wireless.  The download was projected to take close to two hours.  Using 'tethered' 3G from my phone, the download actually took a little over three minutes.

This last year during our two weeks I ordered a pair of shoes from Zappos, a new fishing rod from Cabelas, and some junk from Amazon.  It's tough using PH's WiFi.  It takes forever and then cuts out in the middle of a process.

I pay $180/year for 'tethering.'  In February we spent five days in Miami at the Lowes.  Internet cost in our room was $15.00/day.  In May we spent 5 days in San Francisco.  The internet cost in our room was $15.00.  I saved $150.00 on these trips by using my phone.  Sitting in an airport?  Forget paying for GoGo or whatever service they offer.  Tether your phone. 

If you rely on the net as much as I do, it's worth the money.

Anyways, PH has WiFi, but it's molasses in January and cuts out in the middle of things...at least that's how it works in 1912.  Maybe it's better at the south end of the building.

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captiivated

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Internet access and performance at the SSIR would seem to be a function of user preferences, location on the resort and individual priorities.

We have had no problem with it. Every day while at the SSC I access five different brokerage accounts with five different brokerage company's. Each provides real time pricing of our portfolios and real time monitoring of my list of "stocks of interest" some of which are more than 50 in number. My access has never been "dropped" and the service is equivalent to my home network.

As for down loading books my wife has a "Kendel" and her downloading of a book is about two minutes, maybe less. She also gets about 25 emails per day and no problem there either.
 
PS: My wife returned from the store and corrected my input for down loading a book off of her Kendel...it is not minutes, it is seconds!


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We have a Sprint card, which we take with us everywhere.  We didn't try to use the resort's internet access at PH during Feb/Mar. 

Sounds like there is a huge difference between the access at SSC and PH.  I haven't heard anyone complain about the access at PBC.  Reebop, have you had access problems at the building next door?    
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reebop

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We have poor internet at Harbourside as well. 

It really depends on how you use the net.  My perspective is from someone who's a bandwidth hog.  If I'm not downloading audio or attempting to stream video, I'm uploading photos or a graphic.  To do this stuff and maintain your sanity you need high speed internet.   Most hotels have mediocre bandwidth.  SSIR's is worse than most hotels.  There are legitimate reasons for this.

I'm not complaining.  I'm simply pointing out that if someone visits PH and expects service like they have at work or at home, they'll be unpleasantly surprised.  If they want to do basic things, it's functional when you have a connection.

So I guess my point is when someone asks if a unit at PH has internet access, it really depends on what their definition of 'internet service' is.   It'd be like someone from Japan asking me if Wisconsin has passenger rail service.
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DonFromSLC

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BTW Reebop, if you "upgrade" to an Android phone, you will be able to tether for free and it also works great for me!  (As a side note, I routinely use my 'Droid with GPS to provide me with free distances to the pin at almost all of the golf courses in the US - now if I could only find a device to hit my ball the distance my phone says, I'd be a decent golfer!)  

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captiivated

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Donny,

You put me over the edge.  I have been considering a variety of smart phones and decided after your comments to buy a "droid" Infuse 4G. The learning process is challenging because of all the phones capabilities...but I'm getting there.  Thanks.
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DonFromSLC

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Hope you like it as much as I do, captiivated.  The app I use for tethering to my computer is PdaNet and SkyDroid is the one i use for golf distances.  You can download them both from the Android Market.

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reebop

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The free tethering on the Doid is really tempting, but I'm a member of the 'Cult of Apple.'  Regardless, tethering is really a great feature.  There's a salwater fish of Florida AP that's not that great, but still worth the $0.99.   It's basically just an identification guide.
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captiivated

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My Radio Shack sales person said 75% of AP's on the Droid are free and 75% of the AP's on the I Phone are not.  That's a big difference if accurate.  So far I have not paid for any AP's on my new Droid.

Don can probably better attest to that claim.
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reebop

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If I had no attachment to Apple products (3 Macs at home and running Macs at work) and was running Windows I think going Droid would be a no-brainer.   The other thing is while I run chemical company, I was a graphics art/design major.  Apple's designs just can't be beat and I'm a sucker for that.


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