No Wi-Fi in Perth

No Wi-Fi in Perth

Summary: %IMAGE=Perth.jpg% I was in the city of Perth for about a week.

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%IMAGE=Perth.jpg% I was in the city of Perth for about a week.

I had expected to be able to do some work while over there, either through the hotel's broadband network or Wi-Fi hotspots in the city.

To my horror, when I checked in, I found out that my hotel had no broadband. When I asked where I could find Wi-Fi hotspots, I was told that they are not very common around here. (Nope, there was no Starbucks to be found.)

So, I wandered the city looking for a cybercafe. I managed to find one operated by some Indonesians, which stayed open until midnight (the ones operated by Australians typically closed by 7 pm).

The rate was A$3 (US$2) per hour. Not terribly expensive but certainly more than in Malaysia where the hourly rate can be as low as RM1.50 (US$0.41).

I also managed to find a 24-hour cybercafe, but that one charged even more, A$4 (US$2.98) per hour. I used it once to check my e-mail really late at night. The speed was so slow, I gave up after a few minutes. Quite useless, really.

Perth is a lovely city but very laid back. I wonder if some enterprising entrepreneur will begin offering Wi-Fi access throughout the city anytime soon.

It would be a boon for international visitors like me who need to be connected even when travelling abroad.

Cybercafes there are unsatisfactory, not just because they are not convenient for doing work (though okay for checking e-mail) but the rates are quite high, too.

Topic: Broadband

Edwin Yapp

About Edwin Yapp

An engineer by training, Edwin first cut his teeth as a cellular radio frequency optimization engineer in one of Malaysia's largest telcos.
After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at The Star, Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting.
He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia.
A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.

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  • I refer to Oen Yen's article "No Wi-Fi in Perth" published June 15, 2006 in ZDnet Asia. Perhaps Oen Yen did not have his Wi-Fi card turned on. Perth is home to a number of Wi-Fi service providers, including metromesh, the country's largest citywide Wi-Fi network. It covers most of downtown Perth. The only way you can miss the metromesh SSIDs is to turn your Wi-Fi card off. Oen Yen go back to Perth and check out: http://www.metromesh.com.au/ or ZDNet's own archives: http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Perth_Wi_Fi
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    or simply Google "Wi-Fi Perth" and see the numerous results for metromesh and other service providers.
    anonymous
  • SO MUCH WI-FI IN PERTH

    Go to http://www.metromesh.com.au/coverage.html

    Which Perth did you go to?
    anonymous
  • I am the Technical Director of 'metromesh' and currently Perth has one of the largest standards based Wi-Fi 'HotZones' in Australia. While we do not cover every hotel we have a significant coverage of the CBD and it is expanding at a regular pace. Next time you are in Perth please feel free to contact us and we will make sure you get connected.
    anonymous
  • 'metromesh' is much more that a hotspot, it is a hotzone which allows the user to roam over a wide area using the same logon credentials at many different locations. Flexible pricing, no logon limits, no connection fee, no timed expiary, user pays only for actual downloads, and the performance is fantastic!
    anonymous
  • Perth has probably the biggest citywide WiFi network in Australia. How did you miss it. The SSID is metromesh and the coverage is everywhere.
    anonymous
  • hmmm... I was about to say, hey even the small hotel i stayed in Perth during my holiday also has Internet Kiosk. I think it cost $1 for 15min??? can't remember. but it was quite difficult to use.... the keyboards and trackball are hardened to last long and frequent abuse...
    anonymous
  • Yes. Very good site! worth to visit!
    anonymous
  • Perth has metromesh a citywide Wi-Fi network. It is hard to miss the signal so i am not sure that you even had your Wi-Fi radio turned on!!!!
    anonymous
  • The Perth network is built using RoamAD - this gives it the 3D Wi-Fi coverage in the metro area. The signal works well indoors and at high levels (20+ storeys).
    anonymous