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Conference Connectivity

October 12, 2010

The conference kickoff is only a couple days away, and everything is coming together nicely as we prepare to gather at the SeaTac DoubleTree for what is WiFigoing to be a great conference.  However, before we get there, I want to make sure that everyone is updated regarding expectations for wireless/wired connectivity at the hotel and throughout the conference.

Under ideal circumstances, we’d all have ubiquitous, robust and free wireless service available to us at all times and at all locations during the conference.  Well, the infrastructure and price points aren’t quite there yet, but we’re working closely with the hotel and Aruba Networks to provide the best service possible.  Here’s what you can expect:

  • Hotel guests can purchase access through hotel network services.  It is my understanding that this will provide in-room access only (not in the conference area)–please contact the hotel for more information.
  • The hotel does provide free wireless access in the lobby area of the hotel.
  • The WLMA|WALE AV/Tech team is partnering with Aruba Networks and the hotel to provide the best wireless network possible in the conference area.  However, available bandwidth is a significant concern.  The good news: the hotel has assured us that their provider, AT&T, will be upgrading the hotel’s bandwidth this Tuesday (tomorrow!), so the outlook should be better by Wednesday.  It’s the last minute, but we’ll take it!
  • All conference presenters and pre-conference session attendees can count on Internet access where and when necessary.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee wireless access for attendees during the regular sessions.  We’re going to try, but we really won’t know what we have to work with until Wednesday night.

Your best bet: we’re also doing our best to make this conference as iPhone/Droid/Blackberry/Smartphone-friendly as possible!  Use your personal mobile devices to stay connected and share ideas via the conference blog, wiki, Facebook and/or Twitter (#wlmawale10).  Click here for more information on how you can utilize these great communication tools to “transform” your conference experience.

Thank you, and have a great conference!

Steve Coker
WLMA President-Elect and Conference Coordinator

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