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David Raguso
10-27-2011, 10:46 AM
I wanted to see what people thought of the new wifi service..
is there any DVC resort it hasnt launched at yet?
is it fast?
is it free?
are there any caps on data?
is it usuable all around the resort or only in certain places?
is it Apple friendly?

I was bummed I was at Saratoga a month ago and just missed this.

Pakey
10-27-2011, 11:14 AM
Using it on my iPhone now. Started at AKV; now staying at BCV. No complaints.

Kidanifan08
10-27-2011, 12:24 PM
We were there last week and our iPhones, iPad and Macbook Air all picked up the signal in our room at both Kidani and BLT. The signal seemed pretty good at the bus stop at Kidani. I did not try at the pools or in any of the other common areas.

ditsypixie
10-27-2011, 12:29 PM
We stayed at the Boardwalk last week and our iPhones and iPad worked with no problems. We sat by the pool several afternoons and the iPad worked as well.

LisaS
10-27-2011, 12:40 PM
We were at BWV when the service was launched. There were some glitches the first few days but after that it worked great. We used it in the room and on the balcony and it worked well. It did not work very well for us in the hotel lobby.

They blocked Youtube initially (displayed a message saying it was blocked due to R-rated content) but it was unblocked a day or so later. Ustream worked well. I posted our upload/download speeds in the main thread on this topic.

The wired Internet in our room wasn't working well at all so it was a relief when the wireless service finally started working for us.

Micca
10-27-2011, 07:13 PM
Looking forward to in-room wifi next trip. Typically our party has 3 computers and maybe some kind of ipod touch so it will be handy for us.:earsboy:

KiKi Mouse
10-27-2011, 07:19 PM
Used it at BLT and AKL and it worked great. No issues.

They say they are testing it. I do hope it is there to stay.

maciec
10-27-2011, 08:59 PM
Used it at SSR last week and it was great! Even though we new about the wi-fi we still brought our router, but soon disconnected it because the wi-fi was faster. Enjoy!

JWG
10-27-2011, 10:15 PM
We checked in on 10/15 and I tried to use the WiFi at BWV. It didn't work. Nothing loaded, it just stalled. We had our router with us, so never tried it again while there.

On 10/23 we checked into BLT and it worked just fine. I think they may have been screwing around with it still when we arrived.

DisneyDetective
10-28-2011, 09:38 AM
so do the DVC resorts now have free WiFi? :surfweb:

psac
10-28-2011, 12:28 PM
so do the DVC resorts now have free WiFi? :surfweb:

Not much of a Detective since this was announced a few weeks ago! :rotfl2: Just teasin', couldn't resist!

But the answer is yes -- all WDW Deluxe Resorts, including the DVC Villas.

wildernessDad
10-28-2011, 12:41 PM
I have a tag along question. Do the rooms still have an ethernet connection?

JWG
10-28-2011, 01:43 PM
I have a tag along question. Do the rooms still have an ethernet connection?



yes, at least for now

LWQuestie
10-28-2011, 03:36 PM
We were at BWV when the service was launched. There were some glitches the first few days but after that it worked great. We used it in the room and on the balcony and it worked well. It did not work very well for us in the hotel lobby.

They blocked Youtube initially (displayed a message saying it was blocked due to R-rated content) but it was unblocked a day or so later. Ustream worked well. I posted our upload/download speeds in the main thread on this topic.


Thanks for the update on YouTube. We were also at BWV when it launched (we were picking up signal before the fliers were passed out, and thought we were getting it from the pool area) and noticed that Facebook got blocked for a few days also. I think it was unblocked by the time we left.

disneybride96
10-28-2011, 04:11 PM
Worked great at VGC.

Clemson Fan
10-28-2011, 09:15 PM
Just at AKV and SSR and it worked well.

It certainly took DVC long enough to implement it. I'm a long time Marriott TS owner and user and they've had free WiFi for many years.

makthompson
10-28-2011, 11:47 PM
we used it at SSR this summer and no problems. Greatest part was it was free : )

CarolMN
10-29-2011, 08:32 AM
The following is now posted on the Members' Website:

Disney Vacation Club® Resorts add Wi-Fi

Guest rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels, including all Disney Vacation Club Villas, now offer wireless Internet access for Members and Guests at no additional cost.

Wireless access previously debuted at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney's Vero Beach Resort. That service continues to be available to Members at no additional cost.

jimmytammy
10-29-2011, 09:20 AM
We just got back from OKW and it worked great. At times, we had 2 laptops and and IPod going and it may slowdown a bit, but still worked.

hope3702
10-31-2011, 09:40 PM
Wait...I am leaving Friday and from what I'm reading here I can leave my wireless router home??? I didn't know this. I'm staying at Kidani. Can someone please confirm that Kidani has wifi.

Mommb
10-31-2011, 09:46 PM
Wait...I am leaving Friday and from what I'm reading here I can leave my wireless router home??? I didn't know this. I'm staying at Kidani. Can someone please confirm that Kidani has wifi.

Yes, according to the DVC member website, all DVC resorts now have free WiFi in the rooms.

KiKi Mouse
11-01-2011, 07:04 AM
YES they do. We were at Kidani a couple of weeks ago.

WolfpackFan
11-01-2011, 07:07 AM
I am at OKW right now and using it. It works great. I've got my laptop, iPad and two iPhones connected with no problems at all.

n2mm
11-01-2011, 07:18 AM
Used it at the BWV from Oct. 15-29, 2 different rooms, and it worked great every time I used it. I had my router with me, but never tried to check to see if that still works. I did see it posted on the DVC website now too.

JWG
11-01-2011, 09:28 AM
Has anyone confirmed if this is still a pilot or if it's permanent? I get the notice they were testing free wifi through Thanksgiving or just before but not that it was there to stay. At least not for free.

Also, the wireless is subject to more stringent filters than wired. My wife was trying to surf the gossip rag sites on wireless and one of them was blocked by the Disney filter. Not blocked if wired.

WilsonFlyer
11-02-2011, 02:31 PM
I'd still like to now if the wired connections are staying in place. I read something above that leads me to believe they may not be. That's bad. I have no desire to operate my work equipment at Disney on a public Wi-Fi. I'd much prefer to run my own secure Wi-Fi network on my own access point/FW but bridging wireless to wireless is much more of a challenge that wired to wireless. I can do it. I just don't want to have to drag what I'd need down there to do it with.

Wonder how we could get a firm answer to this question?

CarolMN
11-02-2011, 04:54 PM
I'd still like to now if the wired connections are staying in place. I read something above that leads me to believe they may not be. That's bad. I have no desire to operate my work equipment at Disney on a public Wi-Fi. I'd much prefer to run my own secure Wi-Fi network on my own access point/FW but bridging wireless to wireless is much more of a challenge that wired to wireless. I can do it. I just don't want to have to drag what I'd need down there to do it with.

Wonder how we could get a firm answer to this question?
Have you tried emailing Member Satisfaction? If you do, you'll probably need to ask very specific questions.

bobbiwoz
11-02-2011, 08:03 PM
We had it in our treehouse this past weekend. What is not available is wifi in the checkin building at SSR.

Skatetigger
11-03-2011, 01:34 PM
I was there the first week at BWV and ours seemed to be ok but ended up using DH's phone tether as it seemed to work better. I found at night it seemed to be a bit slower but it could have been cause it was the first week.

I tried it at THV and didn't have much success so stuck with hardwire internet connection when DH used his bandwidth :).

I think it probably depends on how close you are to hot spot just like any hotel with wifi.

BobNed
11-03-2011, 02:27 PM
We had it in our treehouse this past weekend. What is not available is wifi in the checkin building at SSR.
We were in 7023 last week. When we could see it, there was barely one bar. Most of the week we couldn't see it. We just used the wired connection and the router we keep in our Owner's Locker.

stmize
11-04-2011, 09:59 AM
I am at OKW right now and using it. It works great. I've got my laptop, iPad and two iPhones connected with no problems at all.

woohoo great we will be checking in there in 2 wks with laptops and 4 iphones. Do you have to enter a login or anything to connect.

SueM in MN
11-05-2011, 10:31 PM
woohoo great we will be checking in there in 2 wks with laptops and 4 iphones. Do you have to enter a login or anything to connect.
We were at OKW from Oct 16- November 29and used wi-fi frequently. Between our whole group, we had 4 iPhones, 1 iPod touch and a MacBook Pro. The wi-fi worked well on all of them (sometimes all at the same time).

You just open your browser and a WDW page loads. It had a list of items that you had to click you agreed to. Basically said you would not use the free wi-fi to do anything illegal and that you understood that it might be possible to get to harmful websites and would not blame WDW if you did.

GrumpyLuver
11-06-2011, 08:10 AM
I was at OKW 10/21 thru 10/26 & used it with my iPhone with no problems at all.

JWollman
01-04-2012, 06:43 PM
hi
so it sounds like it is available at the tree house villas but could be a weak signal??
Is a hard wired option still there in a tree house villa?

Thanks

DisDaydreamer
01-05-2012, 05:49 PM
I'd still like to now if the wired connections are staying in place. I read something above that leads me to believe they may not be. That's bad. I have no desire to operate my work equipment at Disney on a public Wi-Fi. I'd much prefer to run my own secure Wi-Fi network on my own access point/FW but bridging wireless to wireless is much more of a challenge that wired to wireless. I can do it. I just don't want to have to drag what I'd need down there to do it with.

Wonder how we could get a firm answer to this question?

I imagine as long as the wired equipment continues to function they will keep it in place, but as the wired systems degrade and become a problem there is no reason to spend money to maintain them... Wireless is a much cheaper infrastructure.