Find the nearest free wireless internet spot with Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder

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Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder is a web service that can give you a list of free wireless internet locations for any address of your choosing and present these locations visually on a map of the area.

If, say, you’re going to a conference, going to visit relatives, or for whatever reason will be in an unfamiliar part of town and wondering about the available options for wireless internet check out this neat service. Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder allows you to enter an address (e.g. a zip code) and gives you a list of Wi-Fi hotpots in that area. It will also place these venues on a Google map mashup.

Of course, this will only help you if you’re planning ahead, unless you have an internet-enabled mobile phone in which case you can log-on and get this information on the spot when you need it. I tried this with mine and although the Google maps service does not show inside the browser on my iPhone I was still able to get a list of Wi-Fi places.

I tested this service on the two locations which I know the most: my neighborhood where I live, and the downtown area where I work, and I can report that it was able to identify more than 95% of places (in both cases it missed only one place that I knew of, but revealed a number of others that I had not known about previously).

Of course what I really want to know is how this service get this information? I’m not sure what the answer to this question is, but I will report it’s database at the time of this writing includes 86 countries and a total of 17,124 hotspots, although 14,836 of these are US-based (approx 87%).

wipodWiPod: also worth mentioning is this little service that uses the Ipod’s notes functionality to upload a database of Free Wifi locations for the state/country of your choosing onto your Ipod for perusal when you really need it the most.

Visit the Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder page.


 
 
 
  • Anthony

    seulement pour les Etats-Unis, sniff 🙁

  • nobreakfast

    The area where I live (near Houston) if crawling with free WiFi sites, but this ‘service’ doesn’t list any of them. It did find the one at the public library when I played around with the search phrase. This would be nice, if only it worked reliably.

  • For free WiFi or cheap hotspot connection, check out http://www.whisher.com.
    It’s a plugin that allows you to connect all over the world for a minute fee (no subscription needed!)

  • Anonymous

    another cool site is http://localwifisearch.com

  • Anonymous

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  • bartman2589

    Should’ve known it wouldn’t last, looks like they discontinued this. All I get now is a page where they are trying to push what appears to be a sort of firewall program.

  • Daniel

    Hello all,

    I have internet access in my home and i would like to share it with people around my area
    i dont know these people but i think the internet should be for everyone so i decided to give them access to my network, i have virginmedia and on my router settings i can select a guest network with its own ssid and network key but the problem is because i dont know these people im having doubts about whether i should do this because if someone is doing something illegal on my network the police will look for me, i want to configure it so that i can select certian times of the day when i want to share it but it does not give me this option, well i can limit internet access at certian times but that will affect my laptop too i want it too just affect anyone outside my home who is connected to my network so that if they do start downloading large files it will block them and give me full speed again, i dont mind if there downloading large files i have unlimited bandwidth but illegal files is not permitted

    can anyone help me solve this? btw i dont have a cable to plugin my laptop i only have wireless because when it was installed by the engineer he told me that they dont supply cables for pc’s no more because more people are using wireless which i agree with him there and i dont have a problem with that because my laptop has wireless, i just want to avoid being limited on my own network.