IETF goes to France, stays up all night rebuilding bad hotel WLAN; Xlnt vaca!

Don't invite the IETF to your hotel if your WiFi isn't up to snuff; they can't resist meddling

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Like most open-source projects (or anything involving a network of any kind) the first round of repairs didn't fix everything. Just being in France complicated some issues; others required "radical" changes later in the week and even more tinkering later on, Cox reported.

The story becomes useful by showing how the IETF crew trouble-shot problems of the kind that are common in many wireless networks that have not been designed and performance-tuned by people who taught Wi-Fi products how to talk to each other in the first place.

It's funny because of the tenor, timing and context of many of the complaints and due to the image of a French luxury hotel and its formal-mannered, professionally trained service staff overwhelmed by an invasion of geeks who don't care nearly as much where to find the oyster fork on the table as they do about why latency and packet loss increase the closer they get to dinner.

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Hotel Concorde Lafayette

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