Free Wi-Fi?

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  1. antiabercrombie

    antiabercrombie fuk u lemonardo OT Supporter

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    I just got a laptop and have dial-up at home (I'm working on getting DSL).

    I've heard that you can get free Wi-Fi service at some coffee shops and bookstores, but when I searched, it looks like some of them make you pay to use it.

    For instance, I read that Borders is a T-mobile hot spot, but you have to pay $10 or something to use it.

    I know I have a Wi-Fi card in the computer because it searches for service when I turn it on.


    Thanks for the help in advance. :)
     
  2. AJP

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    I'm confused what your question is.
     
  3. antiabercrombie

    antiabercrombie fuk u lemonardo OT Supporter

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    Oh, sorry...

    I want to know if it is possible to take my computer to one of the locations I mentioned (coffee shop, book store, etc...) and use their Wi-Fi for free. Is that possible?

    If so, where and how do I access it?
     
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    Some are free and some are not. There should be plenty of info and instructions at the stores.
     
  5. Doc Brown

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  6. antiabercrombie

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    Some of the wireless networks in my area are: 2 Wire, T-Mobile Wireless Broadband, Etwireless, and Cisco.

    It looks like the majority of places in my area (Starbucks, Borders and Kinkos) all use the T-Mobile Wireless Broadband.

    It doesn't mention if any of them are free, though.

    Anyone have any experience with the wireless networks listed above?
     
  7. OakleyTodd

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    Most of the time these sites are going to charge you for access. Some locations are offering free WiFi. Outback Steakhouse here in So Calif are offering it free. Pretty much anytime you see AT&T or T-Mobile hotspot, that means you will have to pay. Only real way to tell is to visit and see what the policy is. If you have either AT&T or T-Mobile as a cellular provider, you may be able to buy a package from them that will give you access.

    I know Mc Donalds is also starting to offer free WiFi at locations.
     
  8. JasonKnight

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    I have been to a few of these locations and was unable to find a signal... signs everywhere, but nothing working..
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    One place near me changes the WEP key every day, and the only way you get the WEP key is by getting it printed on a receipt when you buy something. They don't charge directly for the connection, though.

    It's a good system.
     
  10. antiabercrombie

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    What place is that?


    I was wondering it there was one in my area...:x:
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Some local pastry shop type thing. I'll see if I can find out what system they use.
     
  12. P07r0457

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    most of the fast-food restaurants around me have free hotspots (even jack-in-the-box :o)
     
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    The whole free WiFi at a eating place is a great idea. We specifically go to Outback because of it when we go to have a lunch meeting with customers.
     
  14. CodeX

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    All of the rest stops on the NYS thruway have free wifi, most universities do too, a lot of bigger public libraries also... McDonalds if you are in a wealthy area. there are ways to make them all free but I wont get into that.
     
  15. antiabercrombie

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    Universities?

    The college I went to is right down the street from my current job, so that might work.

    Is it usually only free to current students?
     
  16. CodeX

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    Mine has 3 different networks, called faculty, students, and visitors... visitors can get on free.
     
  17. antiabercrombie

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    I might actually try that, thanks.



    That seems like the easiest options, or just experiment with some of the local coffee shops and book stores.
     
  18. P07r0457

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    most unis provide restricted access for wireless users who have not verified (either by mac-based ACL, or user/pass). Generally websurfing is allowed. stuff like pop3/imap/smtp/etc may be blocked, however. Depends on the uni.
     
  19. dorkultra

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    mcdonalds, arabica, starbucks, panera, borders...all should be free and open

    usually hotels and some malls also have hotspots.
     
  20. daneeyah

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    starbucks isn't free :(
     
  21. MrBrotato

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    My McDonalds charges like $5. But they have a big sign on the door that says "FREE WIFI" it pisses me off.

    And Outback Steakhouse, are you serious? Who pulls out a laptop next to their 7lb steak and fries and pitcher of beer? LOL, hold on guys I just want to check my e-mail.
     
  22. daneeyah

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    :bowrofl:
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    What can I say? There's a right coast and a wrong coast.
     
  24. P07r0457

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    right coast is the old coast.... Your time came and went.
     
  25. antiabercrombie

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    Fixed.





    ;)
     

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