I don’t know if people from Argentina read my blog, but if they do I would like to thank them for their wireless coverage throughout the country. I am traveling for some time through Argentina and I slept in multiple hotels and hostels. Every single hotel and hostel offers some kind of internet connection. Mostly I have the option to use my iPhone and my iBook without extra fees to pay.
Many (public) places broadcast a wireless network, even in places you wouldn’t suspect a wireless network, like a baker or take the little town El Chaltén. El Chaltén doesn’t have an ATM machine. You cannot use your credit card, but there is a wireless internet connection via a satellite uplink. Some wireless networks are open and some have a captive portal configuration to log in. However most wireless networks are protected with a WPA(2) key. I only need to ask for the key and they directly write it down for me.
Security is something the Argentineans are less familiar with. I guess it’s a hobby, but every time I join a wireless network, I always try to access the router / default gateway. When trying to access the router, in most cases you get some kind of login page or basic authentication popup. These kind of pages mostly tell me what kind of router is used. A quick search on the internet for some default passwords already gave me access to three routers. Not so clever to use default password!!!
Internet speeds are also decent. You cannot compare it to the speed in the Netherlands, but I made some SIP phone calls without any problems. Internet access makes the holiday a lot easier, because I have to book multiple hostels and hotel along the ride and I can upload my picture from the camera to the iBook and from there to my NAS at home.
You Argentineans are doing a great job. I hope your friends in Chili are like you, because that is the next stop in a couple of days.