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Getting wifi at the OBA

A few weeks ago I posted about the OBA, because it is such a nice place to work. I'm there now. Last time I mentioned that the OBA offers free wifi, but I hadn't found out how it worked yet. Well, I've got it (this post is my witness), but getting it to work was a drag!

First, you are required to log on to a specific hotspot which only lets you go to  specific registration site (ask the people at reception, they will tell you more details). You register yourself. You go back to reception and get your registration activated. You think you're there? Not by a long shot!

counter on floor 2 where one can obtain a connectivity guide (only in Dutch)You are now required to go to floors 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 (Dutch floor counting system, as the numbers on the floors are printed on each floor, it seems easier to use the same numbering), find a round white counter (with lots of computer screens on it), and ask someone (the employees wear an OBA uniform) for the Connectivity Guide.

The guide is in Dutch (I asked, but for operating systems Vista and up, there is no English guide), but if you follow the illustrations in the seven-page documeny precisely, down to the very last checkbox, at the end of the long and arduous journey there lies the internet, secure and well. Of course, you can always ask one of the OBA people to help you.

Now, when I mentioned the wifi at the OBA last time I wrote, I had no idea it would be this much work to get connected. This post serves as a warning for all those who enter here and want to use the internet. But it is also a reassurance for the non-geeks among you: if I can get it to work, then surely, so can you!

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