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Old Nov 8, 12, 4:41 pm
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PVG airport free wifi

Recently, at PVG terminal 1, the free airport asked to be authenticated via SMS. Alas, I wasn't able to get the SMS on my phone until after I got to the hotel and connected to a wifi network.

Is this now required for all the free wifi at PVG? Previously, it was simply "available" for free access. In Beijing they have kiosks that allow you to access the WIFI using a passport instead. Anything like that at PVG?
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Old Nov 8, 12, 8:06 pm
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That's SOP in China nowadays by government decision. For quite obvious reasons...
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Old Nov 9, 12, 1:20 am
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The PVG airport free wifi access requires a password that is sent via sms to your mobile. CHINANET WLAN allows using your home phone number to receive the sms. You have 4 hours of free wifi.

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Old Nov 9, 12, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by L Dude 7 View Post
Recently, at PVG terminal 1, the free airport asked to be authenticated via SMS. Alas, I wasn't able to get the SMS on my phone until after I got to the hotel and connected to a wifi network.

Is this now required for all the free wifi at PVG? Previously, it was simply "available" for free access. In Beijing they have kiosks that allow you to access the WIFI using a passport instead. Anything like that at PVG?
Things change all the time.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 11:43 am
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Some of the restaurants have their own wifi
Higher speed than the free, they give you a password if
you order something
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Old Nov 15, 12, 5:36 pm
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was there a few days ago on a flight out, they send you a text in chinese no less but its understandable, the only numbers is the password. good for 4 hours according to the text
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Old Nov 15, 12, 7:35 pm
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I believe you used CHINANET WLAN network which is available for anyone. It is also available at SHA airport / Shanghai Railway Station / Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 6:38 pm
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Complicated log-in for wifi. Even when you get your credentials servers time out before you can log-in

1) You need to connect to SHA Airport Free wifi (will not bring up browser for log-in or other directions)

2) go to www.shairport.com (hopefully site can be reached, I was not able to reach site on my laptop, tablet OK)

3) Get a password via sms using direction on site.

4) Using full phone number as account number. and sms password received.

5) Hope the Aruba authentication servers do not time out. I was ultimately not able to log-in via my tablet or laptop.

I would have paid for wifi if I could. Decent airport except for the awful free wifi service and the extensive use of energy saving lighting that gave the entire airport a very cold and eery feel.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 7:07 pm
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Complicated log-in for wifi.
Every Starbucks in China uses (almost) the exact same system; it's really not that complicated.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 8:50 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
Every Starbucks in China uses (almost) the exact same system; it's really not that complicated.
It seems like everywhere I go on Shanghai - Starbucks, other coffee shops, etc. , the wifi login requires that an SMS text of password be sent to a local phone # and not to a US or other western phone. Is that true of free PVG wifi?
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Old Nov 27, 12, 3:08 am
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Originally Posted by Bear4Asian View Post
It seems like everywhere I go on Shanghai - Starbucks, other coffee shops, etc. , the wifi login requires that an SMS text of password be sent to a local phone # and not to a US or other western phone. Is that true of free PVG wifi?
I'm not sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if this is the case. As I understand it, part of the rationale behind the system is to keep track of who is online. Of course, if you don't register your SIM, they'll never know any way.
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Old Nov 27, 12, 9:23 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
Every Starbucks in China uses (almost) the exact same system; it's really not that complicated.
it's complicated when you can't even get to the screen to request credentials.
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Old Nov 27, 12, 11:06 pm
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Free What in life is free?

Landside Airside restaurants
high speed internet - no log in required

cup of tea ~6-8 RMB MOQ
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Old Dec 2, 12, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by anacapamalibu View Post
Free What in life is free?

Landside Airside restaurants
high speed internet - no log in required

cup of tea ~6-8 RMB MOQ
I told one of the staffers at PVG that I didn't have a mobile, and she kindly registered her SIM so that I could use the interweb. That was free, minus the cost of a plane ticket...
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