Getting Internet in Cairo

Posted by len on February 23rd, 2007

One of the first things we desperately wanted to set up in our new living space in Cairo was internet. Everyone said that DSL would be a sure way to go, as long as you have a phone line. However we discovered there was an internet wireless signal, and a fairly strong one, wafting through our apartment already. We connected and were online and happy. That is until we got sniffed out! A few days later the network stopped accepting our connections. That’s when my Egyptian friend Ahmed, at my coaxing, asked the proprietor of the “internet cafe” just down the street what had happened to the wireless that we assumed was emanating from his shop. He had no wireless, he said to our surprise. Must have been from some other tenant. But my friend Ahmed continues chatting with him and the proprietor proposed what has now become our internet solution: a 75 meter ethernet cable strung from his shop across the entire front of one building, to the roof of ours, then down onto our front balcony, in under the doors and into wireless router of our own (see photo and hover mouse). So far it works great. 40 pounds ($8) per month. Egyptians are a crazy people.

41 Responses to “Getting Internet in Cairo”

  1. jim Says:

    That is so funny. :)

    Does this now mean you have regular, pretty high-speed access?

  2. len Says:

    Yes! That’s where I’ve been for our past two WBP meetings. Everyone get Skype! Everyone get iChat/AIM!
    BTW, you can mouseover on that image (hold for a few seconds) and see the wire glow! In case you didn’t notice.

  3. Heather Says:

    Neat glow. You’re all TRON ‘n shit.

  4. ginny and paul Says:

    Hey Len, maybe you can make a few bucks and sell the service to someone else in your building! :>)

  5. Ken Says:

    that’s awesome! do you get cable the same way?

  6. len Says:

    There was a satellite hookup for the TV when we got here. Didn’t have to worry about that luckily.
    Oh and that reminds me: the Middle East is big on satellite dishes everywhere!
    Then you go to the towers of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain and look down on the tops of the cute town: not a single satellite dish. How do they do it?!

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