The Peninsula New York has introduced wireless high-speed Internet access from each of the hotelå‘s 239 guestrooms and suites, at no additional charge. Guests can now connect to the Internet from their laptops in seconds without the use of Ethernet cables.
New York is the only luxury hotel in Manhattan that has a wireless Internet option available in all its guestrooms. The wireless option is already available in the business center and the five banquet rooms at a special rate of $250 per banquet room, per day, regardless of how many users.
In order to access the wireless service, the guest’s computer must already be configured with a “wireless card”.
For laptops that do not have this configuration, but have Ethernet cards or modems, the guest can continue to access high speed internet service via a T1 line, by either plugging the cable into the rooms dataport marked “Network,” or connecting to the outlet marked “Modem.” The hotel’s IT department can purchase wireless cards, for those guests wishing to have them, but will not install them due to security issues.
Niklaus Leuenberger, General Manager of the Peninsula New York commented: “The Peninsula prides itself on service and is dedicated to exceeding the needs of our guests. The introduction of our high speed wireless Internet service in all our guest rooms is just an extension of that dedication. Now guests who need to connect to the Internet can do so from any location in their room or suite. We hope this new service offers our guests the opportunity to help make doing business a bit more comfortable.”
In addition, as part of the overall Internet service upgrades, the hotel Internet can now support Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) for guests that need secure access to their company’s internet/intranet. The VPNs establish a connection to a private network using a secure data entry port. Again, the laptop must already be configured for VPN connection.
High-speed wireless Internet access and VPN access are just the latest innovations to the hotel’s high tech rooms and banquet areas, each of which received a $17,000 investment in technology when The Peninsula New York underwent a complete renovation in 1998.
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