Scott Hanselman

Free WiFi at Portland International Airport (PDX)

February 18, 2005 Comment on this post [2] Posted in
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PDXWirelessAccessI usually travel a LOT, but lately, not so much. We've been working on the Voyager SDK 2.0, the Messaging Platform for our Voyager product.

However, I'm sitting here in PDX Airport at the B Gates and I noticed "Free Wi-Fi" signs up all over. I'm used to paying T-Mobile by the minute when I'm in airports.

I'm always interested in how folks implement their Free WiFi. Often it's a captive portal, meaning your first HTTP Request is redirected to an internal site that provides you info and requires you to "sign" a disclaimer, then you're free to surf.

Take a look at the image to the right (click on it). The captive portal that PDX used is NICE. You get all the standard stuff, but also a map of where you are connected, as well as details about the airport and airport services.

We may be a second-tier city, but I have to give PDX Airport "big ups" for their implementation of features like this. It really is a world class airport.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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February 19, 2005 6:02
Btw, this is not related. But, you can use Koffee-Break's SMS service to determine the hotspots in your neighborhood. I used it when I was in Napa.

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March 04, 2005 16:40
Hey Scott. I stumbled onto Portland's free WiFi by accident last month (missed my flight and got reconnected through Portland). Not only was I super-impressed with the free WiFi, but I was also impressed with the free desks and power outlets scattered about. Now I'm looking for an excuse to connect through Portland.

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