Free wireless in Nairobi

Apparently KDN is offering free wi-fi in Nairobi (think it’s a promotion for their Butterfly product). It’s supposed to last through the end of the month. If you have a wi-fi enabled laptop, PDA etc. just search for the essid butterfly and connect. They are supposed to have around 100 access points in Nairobi.

EDIT: Riba and Bankelele, where did you try and connect?

EDIT 2: Article on the wi-fi offer.

35 comments to Free wireless in Nairobi

  • Has anyone connected? I’d like to know what kind of speed it gives too.

  • Found a strong signal at 2 points, but was not able to connect

  • I got a signal too but couldn’t connect.
    And their website does not provide sufficient info. on loging in.But will keep trying. (www.butterfly.co.ke)

  • sunrise3

    i tried to log on sometime last week but couldnt. Don’t let the word “free” fool you, its just short of “freedom to communicate …”. you have to subscribe to one of their providers or something like that and “pay”. http://www.butterfly.co.ke/index.php?active_page_id=1 check out the right hand of the site that says “all about butterfly”

  • Wangu

    Though i can see the Butterfly link on the list of available wireless connections, on hitting connect, it does not go past the “Waiting for the network….”.

    Has anyone managed to connect?… for free that is….

  • ronnie

    Hi

    KDN Butterfly is an experience of a lifetime upto 10mb of capacity on wifi…. downloaded all movies…..Kindly get in touch with KDN to experience the freedom!!!!

  • ArwenOfMidEarth

    Hey connected at two different spots..good speeds..nice..i think the service is freee for now but requires a username and password…when free service stops

  • Kazibure

    Its not only in NBI but also in MSA. I am currently on Butterfly in MSA for free.

  • At NHIF towers and in the CBD

  • Hi Ory,

    I am using butterfly on Msa rd..
    If anyone has an issue on using the butterfly, kindly send an email to support@kdn.co.ke,with your phone contacts and we will get in touch with you for resolution..

  • I tried in the CBD , at Lyric House.

    Will get intouch with support and enjoy this freedom;;

  • Anna

    Hi

    Let me answer all the connection queries….

    First and foremost the heading should be FREE INTERNET ON THE WIRELESS KDN CLOUD BUTTERFLY

    If you dont get a signal, please move to a Butterfly zone can find this on http://www.kdn.co.ke..

    If you cant connect.. contact support@kdn.co.ke

    Please note this is wifi and not dedicated lines. if you dont get a signal move to a wifi zone where you will get the signal… WIFI can be compared to GSM , whereby if you dont get connection on your phone. you move where the signal/ reception is better…

    For those who asked about capacity ronnie already answered your query.

    For coverage Town is Mombasa, Kisumu and Nairobi CBD , Westlands.

    ENJOY !

  • Does anyone know what the average monthly price on this thing will be?

  • OK I have tried at the Junction (Ngong road), I have tried in Westlands, I have tried at The Chancery (Valley Road) but nada, can not even get an IP address. I can see Butterfly in the available Wireless Networks, but can not connect. Of all of us at Skunkworks on Tuesday none of us had been able to get on.
    KDN people what is going on? It looks like only KDN people on here are the ones that can actually connect to the service.

  • Hi there and glad to have found this blog. Ill be back and hope to see yuou around.

  • M

    I’ve connected a couple of times in South B. Connection not particularly stable though

  • I did an interview by phone with Kai Wulff who is the Managing Director of KDN late last year and got some information about this in response to a post I did about KDN. I promised him I would blog about but procrastinated on for way too long. I might as well share what I know from talking to him here.

    The major caveat here is that this information is more than 4 months old and their business model may have changed.

    According to what I took away from my discussion and email conversations with Mr. Wulff, KDN’s Butterfly will not be absolutely free for ever – BUT – it will be free for

    - all local content: anything in the .co.ke space will be available for free
    - all educational content – anything from an educational domain – (.ac, .edu etc) should be free as well.

    There also seems to be a big push to cover most of Nairobi with wifi – the objective when we spoke was to cover 80km^2 especially in areas with higher population densities. Pricing was to move to much more reasonable levels as well – I cannot find the email now but will post it as soon as I find it.

    All in all, pretty cool stuff.

    - Steve

  • i want to get onto the butterfly train..i want to buy a laptop for that but all i can afford is a p2 with 266mhz processor,16mb ram, 10gb HD. it has PCMCIA ..someone tell me if its powerfull enough..ama you tell me the entry level of the laptop i can use

  • and whats the difference btw those isps charging 500/= and those charging 5000/=…am a novice bear with me

  • manze i have visited most of the isp’s that are supposed to be offering butterfly but most are either lukewarm about the service or patronisingly try to divert you to another they offer. one in mombasa road is talking about pulling out…another on university way has already pulled out…only skyweb at NSSF are optimistic……BUT THEY CHARGE TOO MUCH…am yet to visit “Net at Home”and Spot Africa

    the way i see it KDNare better off selling the product themselves..trevormont@yahoo.com

  • Hi guys, am told KDN has now partnered with Nandos(mobil on the run) and they will provide free WiFi internet at their eateries. The services is up and running now. Contact the management/staff for more details. Great speeds too

  • Maloba

    Been able to connect at Java (Adams Arc. and Junction). Speeds not consistent but rather okay.

  • Guys could someone give me the procedure of setting up the thing. I wonna joion the butterfly train too. I am at S/C near mobil mombasa road and in the evening at donholm is any of these places hot? Cheers!

  • kim

    Does anyone know if there should be butterfly at Nairobi Dam area along langata road? Next to Uchumi Hyper. I very rarely see butterfly among my networks. KDN guys told me they will cover the area soon. How soon do you think this can be?
    How does one connect to Mobil on the Run? I can see a 2 sticks strength on my laptop but it fails to connect. Do I need to configure anything? Isn’t an area like Langata Shopping center(Nairobi Dam) supposed to have butterfly? I wonder when KDN will ever cover this area. How soon can they?

  • Can someone just give a procedure for connecting after seeing the existence of a butterfly network. Believe me I can get upto 54Mbps at greenfields but the nearest Access point as far as I know is the JKIA Cargo area. Just outline how I can go about pliz! :cry:

  • meshmat

    so how much is access fee for kdns butterfly????

  • tvr

    and how much will it cost when the trial is over?????

  • Quote: “tvr
    August 9th, 2009 at 11:50

    and how much will it cost when the trial is over?????”

    The price I’m paying is KShs 2,900 for one month with unlimited access. They also have Kshs 200 for 12 hours and KShs 50 for 2 hours. I had to buy these top-up cards from their headquarters on Mombasa Road but they’ve introduced M-Pesa payments for the 200 and 2,900 service.

    To recharge via M-Pesa their business number is 300333:

    For Nairobi Send either 200 or 2900 to account numbers NRBKIPEPEO200 or NRBKIPEPEO2900
    For Coast Send either 200 or 2900 to account numbers MSAKIPEPEO200 or MSAKIPEPEO2900
    For Central Send either 200 or 2900 to account numbers MERUKIPEPEO200 or MERUKIPEPEO2900
    For Western Send either 200 or 2900 to account numbers KSMKIPEPEO200 or KSMKIPEPEO2900

    You’ll be sent the code immediately. I’ve only used the Nairobi, so might be worth calling them first for the others.

  • Mark C

    Hi,

    I think thats a great move on KDNs part, however my concern is on thee security end…how secure is that network? It may be good when one just wants to download, or browse the web, etc but more risky when accessing more delicate info. I don’t understand why KDN just can’t come to our rescue and offer a reliable and guaranteed service whereby they can come over and install equipment, etc and allocate you bandwidth that you may need! Majority of the ISps now in Kenya are just taking their customers for one BIG ride!!!!! and a costly one at that if you consider the amount of cash that they charge per month for poor service.

    Safaricom would do great if they just lower their prices and come up with suitable packages, esp for ‘unlimited internet’.

    But i guess until then we are at the mercy of the Money hungry—no service delivery ISPs…..

    We need an ISP savior!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace out!!!!!

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