Free Internet at Taipei 101 Mall
The Taipei 101 skyscraper is the tallest building in the world and I wanted to find out how good wireless access was inside. A mall occupies the first eight floors or so. From a food court on the 7th floor I was able to access an unencrypted wireless network. It was slow as molasses, but at least I was able to pull up the Groklaw page!
I was also interested in finding out how wireless access is in downtown Taipei. After all, Computex, along with about 50000 computer savvy attendees will be there. Firing up NetStumbler at various points along the outside of the convention halls (there are four!!), I found a few dozen WAPs. Most belonged to HINET, which appears to be the Taipei version of Tmobile Hotspot.
Kneeling at front of the Exhibition Hall 1
I found ten WAPs in front of Exhibition Hall one. Since I did this the Saturday before Computex, this number will grow tremendously as the convention starts. Most were default and unencrypted, probably because the booths were being set up, and someone just need quick access. I also detected six WAPs that belonged to the Convention Center's wireless service, but alas, you need a username and password to get in.
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