How Do You Find Free Wireless Internet Access Locations?

How Do You Find Free Wireless Internet Access Locations?

Businesses such as Best Buy, Dunkin Donuts, Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods and Burger King provide free Wi-Fi, but people can also discover a nearby hot spot by looking at an online Wi-Fi database such as WeFi. If no free Wi-Fi is within reach, some paid Wi-Fi providers, such as Delta Airlines, give free access to a limited list of websites. Additionally, users may sometimes get free Wi-Fi from loyalty programs or coupons.

Individuals searching for free Wi-Fi may have a hot spot already in their hands. Tethering allows users to share the cellular Internet connection on a smartphone with other nearby devices. Both the smartphone and the carrier plan must support tethering for this to work. Tethering drains the batteries of a smartphone quickly when the feature is active; if possible, connect your device to a nearby power outlet or portable battery pack when tethering.

Just because a residential Wi-Fi spot is open doesn't mean connecting to it is legal. The laws regarding connecting to an open Wi-Fi hot spot without explicit permission vary between states. Additionally, even if you have permission from the owner of the Wi-Fi network, some Internet company contracts prevent owners from sharing their Internet connections.