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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Kadena has gone wireless.

At more than 10 hot spots across the base, people can now surf the Web with free wireless Internet.

The service on base went live March 23.

Kadena has offered wireless at the Banyan Tree Club for a couple of months, but 18th Services added the additional locations after buying a new server, according to Gordon Murdock, marketing director at 18th Services.

Many Kadena troops said they’re looking forward to using the hot spots and have been waiting for Kadena to offer wireless Internet like the Marine Corps has on its bases.

“It’s about time,” Staff Sgt. Lisa Messier, with airfield management, said. “I’ll use it everywhere and anywhere.”

The base started looking into wireless in 2005 but needed to secure the network and add bandwidth, said Steve Jornet, chief of information systems for 18th Services.

Laptop users with wireless capabilities can tap into the network at any of the hot spots by simply logging in with the username “free” and the password “internet.” The username and password are given on the login screen, which pops up automatically.

Staff Sgt. Ildefonso, with 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, said he plans on taking advantage of the free wireless and thinks it adds to the quality of life on base.

Messier said living in the temporary quarters with limited Internet was one of “the hardest parts of moving overseas.”

By summer, there will be a room dedicated to wireless Internet usage on the third floor of Hershey Hall, a temporary living facility, Jornet said.

The Waverunner Lounge at Okuma Resort also has wireless Internet, which went live Wednesday.

Messier said last time she was at Okuma she saw a coming-soon sign about the wireless and is excited to try it out next time she’s there.

The signal is strong at Okuma, Jornet said.

“It’ll go to the lounge, dining area and patio,” he said. “They can sit in the sun now and play on their Internet.”

Kadena hot spots

The following 18th Services locations offer free wireless Internet:

Schilling Community Center & Platters

Route 66 and Starbucks in the Rocker NCO Club

Cafe Latte & Weekender Lounge in the Officers’ Club

Air Power Cafe

Banyan Tree Club

Marshall Dining Facility

Okuma Waverunner Lounge

Kadena Library

Shogun Inn

Bldgs. 328, 329, 331 and 332


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