Any technology advice, whether cellular …

Any technology advice, whether cellular or modular or interactive-odular…

1/29/11 España Sheriff writes in a comment:

First thing that springs to mind that is not obvious unless you’ve been there is that the LAX Marriott has crappy reception in the convention area, so don’t rely on being able to get calls, text messages or 3G access while downstairs. There are some spots where it works, but popping up to the lobby or outside is your best bet.

Very true. Last year they had a cell extender with the antenna running outside, but those are designed for 5 people, not 1500-2000.

1/29/11 @gallifreyan notes: Bring your chargers and extra cables, if you can. If you can’t, the Fedex Office store in the hotel may have chargers at a fair price (I got mine with multiple tips for $25 last year). And ALWAYS plug in if you can. Laptop, phone, PDA…

The hotel network service is $12.95 per day and includes local and long distance calling as well as wired or wireless Internet service. (I believe the service is limited to one device/MAC address, which means you can use wireless *or* wired but not both, without tech support nightmares.) Cellular data options (Rover/Clear/other USB or MiFi-style connections, tethering, smartphones, etc) should be usable from the hotel rooms and upstairs lobby, but connectivity in the lower level (where the convention is) may not be consistent or even usable. 2000 people with 1-2 devices each will tax even the best network.

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