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Ice
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Don't have it for guest
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Provide it in all guest rooms
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Provide it in some guest rooms
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Just provide it in one room in the house
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Other :o)
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My brother, a.k.a. "the tech guy",  is helping me to create a wi-fi portal.   When guests log on,  they'll be greeted by a customized "Welcome to XYZ Bed and Breakfast" screen and have a menu selection to that will lead them directly to local information etc.  

This has to be done in the router software and is a simple redirect to a sub-directory of my existing website.

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The latest issue of PC World had an article on biz WiFi vs. personal home use WiFi too. It was pretty good.  Don't know if that's available online either but you could do a search PT.  

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Wifi is pretty common in most B&B's now. Having Wifi  is also a great chance to market your inn to business travelers.  Wifi is almost a must have amenity for the business type,and this is a great opportunity to market your inn over most hotels, as usually hotels charge for wifi usage. If you are interested in marketing to wifi travelers, you may also want to create a page of business traveler amenities on your blog/website. This could include wifi, a comfortable office chair, desk, and maybe most importantly....coffee.

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Wi-Fi for the entire property with a flat monthly rate. No restrictions and the speed keeps going up, up, up.  we love it.  Although, I hate it when I see guests on their gadgets instead of enjoying why they came here to begin with, lol

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

Wi-Fi for the entire property with a flat monthly rate. No restrictions and the speed keeps going up, up, up.  we love it.  Although, I hate it when I see guests on their gadgets instead of enjoying why they came here to begin with, lol

Yep.

Had a Swedish family checking in a few weeks ago. Mother said "Do you have wifi?", to which I said yes. She leaned out the front door and shouted to her two teenage children waiting in the car "They have wi-fi", to which the reply came back "We know, we're on-line".

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Highlands John wrote:

Had a Swedish family checking in a few weeks ago..."They have wi-fi", to which the reply came back "We know, we're on-line".

I have two Swedish sons (exchange students from the 90's who completely became members of the family) and I can tell you, the Swedes have replaced the Japanese as the world's most tech-crazy people!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Highlands John wrote:

Had a Swedish family checking in a few weeks ago..."They have wi-fi", to which the reply came back "We know, we're on-line".

I have two Swedish sons (exchange students from the 90's who completely became members of the family) and I can tell you, the Swedes have replaced the Japanese as the world's most tech-crazy people!

When they left the Mother said to me that all the children want to do is get back to their x-box.

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Highlands John wrote:

When they left the Mother said to me that all the children want to do is get back to their x-box.

Though I love my Swedes, I sometimes call them the robot people. I've visited Sweden several times, and it's just too clean, too perfect for me. Never a weed. Never a scrap of liter. Never a pothole in the roads. No rust, no soul.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Highlands John wrote:

When they left the Mother said to me that all the children want to do is get back to their x-box.

Though I love my Swedes, I sometimes call them the robot people. I've visited Sweden several times, and it's just too clean, too perfect for me. Never a weed. Never a scrap of liter. Never a pothole in the roads. No rust, no soul.

How do people live without potholes??? How boring life would we without swerving here, there, and yonder on the road... As I live on a road that is one step up from gravel and has no lines, I cannot imagine a world in which there are not potholes. 

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Penelope wrote:

Arkansawyer wrote:

Highlands John wrote:

When they left the Mother said to me that all the children want to do is get back to their x-box.

Though I love my Swedes, I sometimes call them the robot people. I've visited Sweden several times, and it's just too clean, too perfect for me. Never a weed. Never a scrap of liter. Never a pothole in the roads. No rust, no soul.

How do people live without potholes??? How boring life would we without swerving here, there, and yonder on the road... As I live on a road that is one step up from gravel and has no lines, I cannot imagine a world in which there are not potholes. 

You reminded me of our local author, photog and naturalist who I hired for our photography weekend. In his book "Slow Road Home" he is driving a friend from the city back to their homestead here in these mountains, and she said "How can you stand this? How can you bear going so slow down your dirt road drive way to get home?" (long driveway with pot holes, a couple miles long) and his reply was, and I will never forget it "It makes me slow down, I am forced to look around and see what is all around me"  (Paraphrased by me, but the same thought). LIKE THIS.

I loved that.

I still do.

I mentioned to an innmate something I read this year about photography. Put a chair or blanket out and sit down and photograph ONLY what you can see from that spot. It is amazing what pops up at you, and what you capture from the one spot, when you slow down and look around.

 

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I am still moving around. Just took some shots of Frontier Days before it got dark. All the lights are cool after dark, but I get too many blurs. Back at my desk, they left a gap this year between game trailers - put a basketball toss between - and now the floodlights hit me right in the eye! Two more days!!! Now to write about it.....

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Yeah that was me. And I'm still moving and not sitting. I spent 5 minutes yesterday trying to get a photo of a butterfly on a stem of goldenrod. In the meantime, in the huge field behind me, a herd of unicorns ridden by giggling fairies bounded by. (At least that's what I was jokingly telling myself as I left the butterfly flitting along.)

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I only wish our speed would go up! never happen. The town gets saying we will get broadband access, but still waiting....

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In all guest rooms (how I voted) and all over the property.  Provided by our cable company with a flat monthly charge. 

Added note: this made me curious so I googled to find out that there is a limit per month - it is not mentioned on their site, btw.  I found this out by some review sites.  I think that the cable company is trying to stop those using the internet for viewing tv shows and downloading movies, eliminating cable TV charges.  We, so far, have not had this issue but thanks for bringing up and opening our eyes.  Having several guests bring their own tablets/laptops so they can stream Ne tfli x per month could cause us some problems down the road. 

 

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We have wi-fi available in all rooms. We're on a monthly package for £24 for unlimited land-line calls and 60gb broadband download.

Used to have an unlimited broadband package but the 60gb limit was considerably cheaper and I've only twice gone over the limit and that was mainly due to things I was doing, not the guests.

We have a computer on the landing for guest use, it used to be very popular, but these days most people have a tablet or laptop with them. It gets used so infrequently these days I'm seriously considering removing it.

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I put other.

 

We have a "regular" WiFi base-station in the main house, guests can pick up that signal on our porch or in the gazebo. We also have an outdoor long-range base-station with an external omni directional antenna mounted to the corner of the house. This signal gets out to most of the cottages, as well as boats in our mooring field.  But it doesn't get out to all of the cottages, so we have a repeater set up in the back of the boat barn, but even with that, there are still too many trees in the way to get a a reliable signal to one of the cottages frown

 

It all goes out through a business broadband connection from our cable provider.

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It made the phone bill less than a joy, but no, no GB limit. It made the phone bill about $85 per month, We get charged $5 per month for long distance but use our cell phones for that - do not want to go over - so $5 is for nothing. I have my toll-free elsewhere - different company since the old company sold their land lines to the new one.

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OK it sounds like you all are not paying by how many GB or what ever is used, just a monthly charge.  Am I correct?

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Ice wrote:

OK it sounds like you all are not paying by how many GB or what ever is used, just a monthly charge.  Am I correct?

Monthly charge here. We have a certain bandwidth. When there are too many people on it slows down but we, as far as I know, don't have a limit on how much we can use in a month/week/day. My DSL is thru the phone company.

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We have wi-fi for our guests in both the main house and we shoot it over to our cottage with a separate system.

We are on satellite wi-fi, so not only is it slow, but we are limited to 5 gb per week download and only 976 Mb for upload per week. I have to monitor it closely because if guests don't pay attention to the warning that is listed with the password, it will put us over and shut us down. It has happened a few times.

For all this horrible service, we have to pay $100 per month just for the satellite internet. We have to do it, it is expected by guests. Part of doing business.

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We pay one monthly fee to our ISP and that is it. Router/wifi doesn't cost any more other than it's orignal purchase price.

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Provided throughout the house.  Appreciated by those who have to check in with their workplace even when on holiday.  Last year, many expressions of appreciation for this.  This year I think its just expected.

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all over the house as far as the range goes ... but you need a password

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Ours does the ground, basement and first floor but struggles on the top landing - when I have time and money I am going to get a person in to extend the range - but still reeling from my latest tax bill (they go in quarterly) so will have to wait a bit!

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On a visit from my son, I was having a new computer installed and while the geek was here, my son got me a router and he and the geek set it up. Good thing it was done then - the geek even had to call ve ri zon (my then dsl landline carrier) to get it installed. There was a problem with some settings only a tech-type would understand.

Every now & then, the router hiccups and stops working. I have to disconnect it from the computer (thankfully a simple unplug), wait a minute, then re-connect. It is whole house and on the porch.

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gillumhouse wrote:

Every now & then, the router hiccups and stops working. I have to disconnect it from the computer (thankfully a simple unplug), wait a minute, then re-connect.

I've dealt with many routers and never known one that didn't need an occasional "reboot" by unplugging the power, waiting 10 seconds, then powering it up again.

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other

and on porch, dining room, parlor, cottage...

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It also works well out into the street so we have a password to log on.

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We have an antenna on the side of the house that blasts the wi-fi signal all over our compound.   Since we are in the middle of the woods,  it can only be received by those within line of sight of the antenna.   Our cabins are about 300 ft. from the main house, but receive a good strong signal.  

We get our internet via a DSL land line and the modem is connected to an off-the-shelf router.  The antenna is connected to and powered by an ethernet connection directly from the router.

The fellow that set it up for me has it password protected and the login information is provided in each room.

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