exactly what would you key in for this wi-fi password?

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  1. jonspencer

    jonspencer Silver Member

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    I have been given handwritten passwords that were like hieroglyphics

    however this is the most challenging (baffling) printed one I have yet to receive at a hotel :eek:

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    maybe I am just slow?
     
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  2. Flyer1976
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    Flyer1976 Gold Member

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    It certainly doesn't help that the photo is blurry too...

    wL4nh0teL ???
     
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  3. daninstl

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    I would use a zero / 0 for the middle letter in the hotel part so it seems like wl4nh0tel at it seems like the letters are all lowercase. The worst part is many hotels will make you reenter it every few hours for every device which is a pain.
     
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    Sammich Gold Member

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    Seems like they're just trying to use a alphanumeric way to spell wlanhotel (wlan =wireless lan = wifi + hotel). Poor use of fonts, though. :confused::confused:
     
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    anileze Gold Member

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    I noticed this in many small boutique, and mom-n-pop places in Europe. They outsourced the operations plus they generate username+password combination for 8, 12 and 24 hours, a small printer prints it for you. The reason are various - from contractual clause to preventing people in the next door building, restaurant, cafe mooching off open access.
     
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  6. jonspencer

    jonspencer Silver Member

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    daninstl had it right

    whoever chose the font must have drank their lunch :eek:

    few MPers will need to worry about encountering the usage of this odd font as the hotel noted was the illustrious Best Western Seaport in Turku, Finland next to the ferry to Stockholm
     
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    iolaire Gold Member

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    Really the font is fairly clear, its good that it makes clear that the "L" is and "L" and not an uppercase "I".

    For example here is that same password in a few of the standard US fonts:
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    Notice how hard it is to verify what is an "L" in most.

    Other than the question of is the L uppercase or lower case, and what the zero or "O" is, it seems to have been laid out ok to me.

    (I'm biased towards "L" and capital "i"'s since I don't like to be called "Lolaire" after people retype the "iolaire" that I entered...)
     
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    I actually think that using a serif'd font helps make it more clear that it is an "el" for that character rather than anything else. I had no problem understanding what the password was supposed to be.
     
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  9. jonspencer

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    iolaire makes a good point above

    which letters used are probably more important than the exact font employed

    my issue is when I check in late and want to look at a few emails before retiring for the day, I need something that is simple and perfectly clear, not a password or user name that seems like a riddle :eek:
     
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    Take your pad to the front desk and let them key it in for you.
     
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    Some nerd's translation of wlanhotel.

    Annoying when they choose ambiguous letters/numbers.

    My AA FF # has a character that I can never remember whether it is 0 or O.
     
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  12. Flyer1976
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    That's what I usually do in non-english speaking countries but they absolutely understand the words "wee-fee". :p
     
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