Posted April 2nd, 2014, 11:48 AM
So FYI, for anyone who might have been following this, we took our cruise on the Reflection and I was able to confirm that they don't have any restrictions on inter-client communication even if you haven't logged in and started paying for internet. Given how easy these restrictions are to set up, I can only assume (and hope) it's a conscious decision on Celebrity's part to allow guests to use the internal WiFi network if they so choose.
In short, I was able to set up OpenFire, a free IM server, on a computer that I connected to WiFi and left running in my stateroom. We installed compatible clients on our phones and connected to WiFi. It's important to note that we never went to any webpages to sign in, we simply connected to the open network and never did anything further. The phones were able to roam throughout the ship and we were able to communicate with no headaches.
I thought I'd pass this along to help everyone else. Hopefully Celebrity doesn't see this as a reason to lock things down, since it's costing them nothing and using little to no bandwidth. It was an immense help to us to be able to do this on a large ship like the Reflection and never worry about wasting time finding one another.
This might be out of the realm of common knowledge, but I figured I'd ask anyway.
I know that most of the ship is blanketed with WiFi and that you can use that connection to access the internet on a pay-per-minute plan. My question is, does Celebrity limit clients who are connected to the access points from talking to one another?
The reason I ask is that we've got a large group going on a cruise next year, most of whom work in IT. Assuming the WiFi network permits internal communication, we can use our cell phones to communicate over the network peer to peer without needing internet or actual cellular coverage.