Public Wi-Fi service in Seoul from Jan. 1 will be available without interruption after logging into the city’s public Wi-Fi network.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Dec. 28 announced the introduction of a unified SSID used by 12,808 public Wi-Fi repeaters in the city, its 25 districts, and invested affiliates.
Users have had to find and log in to a new SSID when moving places in the city, as different SSIDs are used by public Wi-Fi repeaters throughout Seoul. But they will no longer suffer interrupted connections if a unified SSID is used for public Wi-Fi.
Users seeking to connect to an ordinary and open Wi-Fi connection can use the network "SEOUL," and those wanting a secured connection can use the network "SEOUL_Secure." To log into the secured network, users must choose SEOUL_Secure and input "seoul" as both the ID and password.
To use ordinary Wi-Fi, users must activate the Wi-Fi function, choose the network SEOUL and select an ordinary connection. They must log into the connection every time they want to use it.
The city government will also introduce a single unified SSID for public Wi-Fi at public transportation spots such as city buses and bus stops. The SSID SEOUL_Secure will be used by a combined 1,399 repeaters to be installed in such buses. Municipal authorities will also consult with the Ministry of Science and ICT to add another unified SSID for 6,000 existing repeaters in city buses.
The city government said this measure seeks to resolve issues in public Wi-Fi service such as an excessive number of SSIDs, which forces users to choose from the connection menu whenever they use public Wi-Fi, and interrupted connections.
Users are also advised to minimize performing financial transactions or inputting personal information when using public Wi-Fi because the latter is unsecured, and instead do them on a secured network, which features stronger security technology.