As I'm about to get a wireless laptop, I've started sniffing around for wifi
spots for net access. Perhaps those folks with laptops+wireless, should start
detailing the exact limits/specs of the net access they find, at various wi-fi
spots around Joburg, so that we all help spread the info, like in other parts of
Either way, here's my first contribution:
---------NEWS CAFE, CAMPUS SQUARE MELVILLE/AUCKLAND PARK AREA
I asked how their wifi setup works - and what the download limits are. The
manager was charming and totally unsussed as to what this 'download'
question meant - according to her, its based purely on 'time'. Half hour
segments of net access. Naturally I asked 'and if you pay the bill for your
coffee, stand up then sit down again - does that give you another half hour?'
She laughed and said 'she didn't know.' 'It's all worked out at head office' she
said. Evidently no serious geeks have gone there yet, to see speeds and quantities.
Unsure if its a secured l/p network which you get l/p from the waiter,
or whether its an open network with some sort of 'disconnect' after 30
minutes. Based on the 'gee I don't know' attitude of the manager+ the
slightly guilty looks of at least one guy at a table, peering at me over his
laptop, while I was asking questions, it might be a free-for-all at the
Anyone with a laptop passing through, might want to quietly test the
network access & speeds, and see how clued up the staff are as to what
you're doing - without asking them anything first - while waiting for your