Areas with free Wi-Fi are also called hotspots. Finding free Wi-Fi is not as easy as a couple of years ago. Yet it is still possible. Read here how you can get free wifi.
How to Get Free WiFi at Home
- Go and have a coffee somewhere or eat a sandwich. Most cafes have free wifi for customers. It is the intention that you buy something.
- Go to the library. Most libraries have free Wi-Fi, plenty of seating and electrical outlets. Ask at the desk how you can log in to the network.
- Many petrol stations now have free Wi-Fi. It may not be very pleasant, but nobody will mind if you hang around for a long time.
- Go to a shopping center. Large shopping centers often offer free Wi-Fi. All branches of McDonalds have their own free network anyway.
- Call your internet provider. Most internet providers have many hotspots throughout the country. If you are a customer, you may use these hotspots at no additional cost. You must know your username and password.
Find other Wireless Network Points
- Use your cable provider to get Wi-Fi anywhere in your region. If you have a valid account in Xfinity, Bright House, Time Warner Cable, Optimum or Cox, they share and provide wireless points for their customers. Go to cablewifi.com to choose your provider and access the location of the wireless network points.
- Go to WeFi. com to access the location of free wireless network points. Although the connections can be free, you may have to buy food or stay to get access to the property.
- Download the WeFi app on your smartphone to find these connections while you are away from your computer.
Other applications that look for wireless networks are WiFinder, JiWire, Wi-Fi Hotspot List, Hotspot Haven and Hotspotr.
Use Wi-Fi in Real Estate or Business
- Go to the public library. Ask the person in charge what the password is and connect to the network. Some bookstores also lend laptops and tablets.
- Buy a coffee or a hamburger. Normally, coffee shops and fast food restaurants have a free wireless network that may or may not be protected by a password. It is polite to buy something and some places give a time limit.
- Change the oil to your car. Many service-related companies provide Wireless Internet to their customers while they wait.
- Go to the mall. The shopping centers encourage people to spend more time in the food courts because there is Wi-Fi.
- Sign up to receive discounts for loyalty in hotels. Find a chain of hotels that you can use when traveling or when you are at home. Hang out at the hotel bar and use the Wi-Fi if you’re not staying.
- Go to the airport. Some airports have free Wi-Fi, while others ask you to pay them per hour of use. You may get discount coupons for wireless access.
- Take the train. Some Amtrak tickets include free Wi-Fi. Although the trip is long compared to air travel, you can access the Internet.
Free WiFi on the Trip
- In many hotels, you can use free Wi-Fi, although in Europe, North America and Australia you often have to pay (a lot) for Wi-Fi.
- Go to the airport. Many airports offer free Wi-Fi.
Free WiFi Technology
- Download the WeFi program (Windows). With this program, you can search worldwide for 16 million free WiFi hotspots.
- Buy a WiFi adapter to enhance reception. With this USB device, you can try to receive free local networks.
- Search for free WiFi on the internet. Especially when you travel, it is a good idea to do some research in advance so that you know where to go to receive free internet.
Remember, when you are using Free WiFi, keep one point in your mind that using an open Wi-Fi network requires additional security measures. Turn off file sharing on your computer, make sure that nobody is watching you, and watch out with sites you have to give your password for.