Cablevision has deployed a new “Automatic Sign In” feature for its Optimum WiFi service that allows users to automatically connect after their initial sign ins.

Cablevision launched its Wi-Fi service in 2008 and it’s now available in thousands of hot spots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Customers who connect to the Internet through Optimum WiFi will be prompted to register their devices directly from the sign in page. Cablevision is also letting customers manually register any WiFi-enabled device from their home computers at

The manual registration option allows devices without Web browsers access to Cablevision’s Wi-Fi network, including digital cameras and portable gaming devices such as Nintendo DS. Users can register up to four different devices per Optimum Uuer ID, and have the ability to “name” each of them in order to keep track of each device that is associated with an account.

“This is a significant milestone in the continuing development of Optimum WiFi. The addition of an automatic sign in option has been a feature we have been anxious to deploy, because it makes accessing the network easier and faster than ever before,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision’s senior vice president of wireless development. “This has been the number one request from our customers, who are now averaging almost 400,000 sessions per week over Optimum WiFi, a number we expect will continue to grow as more people discover automatic sign in.”

Since introducing the automatic sign in feature late last year, average weekly sessions on the Optimum WiFi network have nearly doubled, from approximately 200,000 to almost 400,000 today.

Since its launch, Cablevision said Optimum Online customers have accessed the Internet more than nine million times for free over Optimum WiFi, and are averaging close to five million minutes online every day over the network.

The service has downstream speeds of up to 3 Mbps, which Cablevision said was more than twice as fast as cell phone data plans that can cost upwards of $100 per month.

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