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Old September 15th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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WiFi Charging onboard
My funny question for the day.
Not used WiFi on a ship before so just want to ensure its not like leaving ones cell phone on roaming.

In using the Internet on a ship my experience has been to insert my sail card into a reader on the desk than accept the Screen prompts to begin my on line usage.
When finished, you remove the sail card and LOGOFF the screen prompts.
I then try a fake session to ensure I am logged off.

If I bring my notebook with Wife access I assume I will access a screen with prompts and enter my Cabin Number and some other security item?

Once I log off what happens the next time I power up my computer will it find the WiFi point and begin charging me or will I presented with a security LOG ON screen.



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Yes people forget to properly sign off and it eats up all their minutes. Be sure to do that. I believe MTN will be the ISP on your Princess cruise. Be sure to enter 1.1.1.1 in your browser and it will close out your minutes then give you a report of time used and how many minutes you have left on your package.
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Yes people forget to properly sign off and it eats up all their minutes. Be sure to do that. I believe MTN will be the ISP on your Princess cruise. Be sure to enter 1.1.1.1 in your browser and it will close your out your minutes then give you a report of time used and how many minutes you have left on your package.
Thanks Snoozeman,
If I read this correctly it would sound like you are better to buy a package and if you leave your WiFi on you will eat your minutes but it will not use anymore time as the package has been zero'd?
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If I read this correctly it would sound like you are better to buy a package and if you leave your WiFi on you will eat your minutes but it will not use anymore time as the package has been zero'd?
Correct. You purchase a set or package of minutes. 60 or 120 usually--it varies.
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If you set the Wi Fi connection to "Connect Automatically" it will find the ship's Wi Fi connection. You are not charged for the time you are connected to the Wi Fi. You are charged for the amount of time you are on the Internet.

Disable your pop-up blocker. A pop-up window, that is used to sign-off, pops up when you make your initial Internet connection. When you are done just go to that window and logoff. If the window is closed, for some reason, do as Ray said and go to http://1.1.1.1 and the sign-off screen will be brought up.

The way people lose their minutes is they forget to sign off from this window. They will close their browser and power off their machine and think they are disconnected. When in fact they are still logged on to the server and losing their minutes.

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Thank you Mike for the rest of the story,
Having never taken my wee MacBook on board which loves to search out free WiFi , how does the ship know what cabin to charge.

Think we missed that part of signon.

ps: Using ones ITouch would not be great .
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I use a macbook. It's just like at a hotel or wifi pay hotspot. The 1st time you try to use it (go to any book marked page or your home page) the ships isp screen will come up with instructions on purchasing. You can do it from your cabin if your getting coverage. If not you may have to go to a public area or closer to the computer area.

It's getting better each year on board ships.
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Princess some site that are free to access from WiFi or work stations.
If you login thru WiFi much sure that you log out by entering 1.1.1.1
Otherwise you chew up your time if you turn off your computer.
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Good answers here.

I had trouble understanding it at first. If you need to, just go to the Internet Cafe. They have employees there that will help you, they helped me the first time.
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Did you mean Princess staff on ship.
When I told my wife HOW you do it vs. desk top her eyes rolled

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They have a manager who works for certain hours during the day .
Any Work station/laptop can access a few sites for free without using
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Did you mean Princess staff on ship.
When I told my wife HOW you do it vs. desk top her eyes rolled

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Yes, I'm talking about Princess employees in the ship's Internet Cafe. Each ship should have one by now.

I brought my smart phone to the Cafe so I could be shown how to use it (wifi) in my cabin.
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Glad I read this thread I'm looking at buying a notebook for our cruise next month. The info you all have given has been very helpful.
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The wifi on the Carnival Dream had a very cool social network that was free to use. It gave you access to some news and weather for free. We setup a password protected message board for our group so we could coordinate.

To connect to the Internet it required you to accepted the terms and verify some info to bill the account to your room. In other words, you were not billed accidentally to get on the internet.

However once you got your account setup, as others have said, it was easy to burn through your minutes if you did not log out using 1.1.1.1 Also to make matters worse, once you burn through your minutes, they allow you to stay connected to the Internet and charge you by the minute " as a convenience" to the user. So it is quite possible to rack up a billed that way. If you log out using 1.1.1.1 then no worries!

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The wifi on the Carnival Dream had a very cool social network that was free to use. It gave you access to some news and weather for free. We setup a password protected message board for our group so we could coordinate.

To connect to the Internet it required you to accepted the terms and verify some info to bill the account to your room. In other words, you were not billed accidentally to get on the Internet.

However once you got your account setup, as others have said, it was easy to burn through your minutes if you did not log out using 1.1.1.1 Also to make matters worse, once you burn through your minutes, they allow you to stay connected to the Internet and charge you by the minute " as a convenience" to the user. So it is quite possible to rack up a billed that way. If you log out using 1.1.1.1 then no worries!

Got to love those Macs @ sea!
In our recent cruise November 2010 Sea Princess though we brought along my Sony E-notebook we decided to stick with the Princess Internet Desktops as we were using email only and the speed is slow for sending pictures.
Also they have a good LOG OFF window to use and the Internet Manger was available most times.
They also have the same policy to leave you connected for your convenience even if you bought package.
I'd rather have a warning or just stop charging me once I've exhausted the time. There has to be a common sense approach to charging customers over a limit.
One thing I discovered which was a great way to send updates of your trip to friends was Princess offers a FREE ECard site which allows you to send a choice of Princess Pictures with 500 chars in the note free of charge. A marketing method but you do not need an Internet account.
Our Sony EBook was great for transferring pictures off our camera and backing up to a flash drive.

I'm still leery of using Ships WiFi on my notebook with the 1.1.1.1 approach due to the Ships charging method. We found it easy to use Shore Internet points for a small fee especially in Curacao.
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To connect to the Internet it required you to accepted the terms and verify some info to bill the account to your room. In other words, you were not billed accidentally to get on the internet.

However once you got your account setup, as others have said, it was easy to burn through your minutes if you did not log out using 1.1.1.1 Also to make matters worse, once you burn through your minutes, they allow you to stay connected to the Internet and charge you by the minute " as a convenience" to the user. So it is quite possible to rack up a billed that way. If you log out using 1.1.1.1 then no worries!
Actually it is not publicized, but the FIRST time you forget to log off, you can usually go cry to the Internet manager and have the charges removed. Don't do it TWICE, though.
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We signed on one day at the Internet Café, late in the evening, went past the signon screen, then awaiting the server bypass and lo and behold we got a 'difficulty msg with your account'.
Tried to signoff, to no avail, was confusing, tried the 1.1.1.1. routine.

Tried again, same MSG sequence
Went to Pursers Desk as IT Manager not around, worried about clock ticking even though I had a package.

He said no activity seen for charging but I still talked to IT chap following day.
He said their are two signons, one for your access to use the system then via satellite to the server hosting your session. We were stuck in the server side waiting for response, nerve wracking
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