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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 in Virtualization by slowe | 9 comments
In response to the questions about whether the complaints regarding The Venetian’s Internet connection are valid:
Yes, the Internet connection at The Venetian really is that bad.
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David Marshall on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 9:55 am
Scott is on the money! Yes, it is that bad, and getting worse. The IT department said that they are aware of the problem. “It’s because there is a large computer show in the hotel and they are sucking up all of the bandwidth”.
No, really? Did you know a computer show was coming in town in your hotel? Did you not think these guys would be bringing their laptops?
I’d have better luck with a 300 baud modem right now. I can’t get any work done this way. Blah!
John Troyer on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm
I know there are often complaints about bandwidth and wifi at conferences, but from all of us to all of you, man we’re sorry that it sucks so bad. It’s terrrrible.
Allen on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm
Is anyone else also having iPhone 3G issues? I have full signal strength but pretty much no data/text/voice ability unless I turn 3G off. Mainly on the 4th and 5th floors is where I notice it.
Brian Whitman on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 1:16 pm
I gave up on that and went to my 3G card, it’s actually working great (ATT). This thing has saved my A%! several times.
Steven Dickenson on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm
Agreed, it’s terrible. I’m getting better speeds tethering to my Blackberry, and have pretty much given up on the Venetian’s network.
Jason Boche on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Wired internet access was almost non-existent at the Mirage Sunday evening.
As a test, I loaded a completely text based website (craigslist) and page loads were around 2 minutes. What was odd was ICMP (ping) round trip times back to my home base in Minnesota were decent at around 58ms. It was HTTP traffic that was horrid for some reason (traffic shaping gone bad?). I didn’t bother complaining. I just went to bed and planned on using the VMware wireless access at the Venetian the following morning to get some things done.
Monday evening Mirage internet access was much better, well within acceptable tolerances.
When the black hat conferences come to town, I wonder if hotel IT admins just shut off the network altogether?
slowe on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm
Jason, I fixed your comment for you.
Dave on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Can I just say…if people weren’t downloading 250MB images it might be better for email checking ;-p
PS – I gave up bothering with it..tooo slow
Dallas on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 8:47 pm
Agreed. It has been absolutely worthless in the suites and at the convention, both wired and wireless. In order to get my work done, I come to the pool bar atop the Venetian (not Palazzo) and join the VenetianWiFi SSID.
I am getting 150 – 250KB/sec speeds and 120ms ping times to Google. As an added bonus, the bar staff is nice and it’s nice to enjoy the weather.
(Note: Do not access these links from the Venetian network – the images are a whopping 50K each.)
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