The second option: Users can log onto another Javits' Center Wi-Fi hotspot, which is not only extremely sluggish but only available with an eight-digit user name and password combination that's only good for one-hour use before it expires, and it can never be used again.
The third option is to purchase Wi-Fi connectivity from Javits' Center -- not guaranteed to work, by the way -- which costs $4.95 for one hour, $29.95 for one full day of access, $69.95 for three days of access, and $650 for seven days of Internet access. All options stream data at 768K.But what about Ethernet access? Surely the convention center would provide enough stationary computers with solid Internet connections. Unfortunately, according to the NYCC crew, only two computers in the Press Lounge carried free Internet access, which was pretty pathetic compared to the amount of annoyed reporters that needed to publish their stories.To complement these bare-bones services, Starz and its new show, "Da Vinci's Demons," released hundreds of cards to the Comic Con audience, granting them unique user names and passwords to access the paid Wi-Fi network for one hour. Unfortunately, these cards are limited and users must get more cards to get more hours of Wi-Fi. Each card's unique passcodes expire after the hour of usage.This lack of suitable Wi-Fi is an issue typical of most conventions, but the fact that Reed Operations and the Javits Center did not think ahead of time to provide press with their own unique Wi-Fi hotspot (with passwords only available in the Press Lounge) or a Wi-Fi hotspot for exhibitors-only, shows a real lack of planning and thoughtfulness when it comes to this massive culture convention.Now more than ever, people rely on Internet connections for nearly everything, especially when it comes to doing business. But the fact that Wi-Fi is such an issue at this enormous culture convention is not only embarrassing -- it's bad business.