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  • Tokyo Hotel to Offer Full-Time Internet Access
  • February 3, 1999 (TOKYO) -- The Century Hyatt Hotel said it will install equipment for full-time access to the Internet from many of its guest rooms, starting in April.
    Connectivity will be via a local area network (LAN), using HomeRun products from U.S.-based Tut Systems Inc. and the IPORT server system from ATCOM/INFO Inc., another U.S. company. The link from the hotel will use the 256kbps Super OCN (Open Computer Network) service of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT).

    The hotel is located in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.

    Japan has few hotels that offer guests full-time Internet access service.

    The Century Hyatt will install the LAN in 235 guest rooms, about a third of the total, to enable connection to the Internet. The service will be priced at 2,200 yen (US$19) a day.

    A major reason for offering Internet connectivity is to meet the requirements of overseas business travelers, the hotel said.

    About half of the Century Hyatt's clientele come from abroad, and many of the guests are business people. The hotel has received numerous requests for a service that would allow fast access to the Internet at all times.

    Among the factors for selecting Tut's HomeRun technology and ATCOM/INFO's IPORT server system are ease of installation and ease of use for guests.

    HomeRun enables the construction of a 1Mbps LAN, using existing telephone wiring. High-speed communication is made possible by connecting a HomeRun modem at each end of the telephone line. Guests can access the Internet and talk on the phone at the same time. Because there is no need to lay new LAN cables, the use of HomeRun technology reduces installation costs.

    A HomeRun modem will be installed in each guest room. To access the Internet over the hotel LAN, guests connect the modem to the 10BASE-T port on their personal computer.

    IPORT is a server system that distributes IP addresses to the guest's PC, and it performs address conversion. For example, if the guest's PC is set up to receive addresses by dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), IPORT automatically assigns an address on the hotel LAN.

    If the guest's PC is configured with the IP address for a company LAN, the IPORT server converts the address to enable Internet connection at the hotel. Thus, guests can access the Internet without any need to change their PC settings.

    A number of other hotels are considering Internet access services, according to Rikei Corp., the company selected to install the Century Hyatt system.

    Internet connectivity is expected to become increasingly common in major Japanese hotels.

    (Nikkei Communications)

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    Updated: Tue Feb 2 16:37:44 1999 PDT