There are many things you can do to not only help yourself find free WiFi, but also to improve your connection when you do. I travelled and used free WiFi everywhere I go so I have a plethora of experience in finding and using free WiFi access points. There are many different methods you can use to find free WiFi and I will take a look at some of the most tried and true.
Steps To Finding The Best Free WiFi
The first thing you are going to want to do is find a quick and easy way to detect WiFi signal strengths so that you can know whether or not you have a good spot. Most of the laptops out there, while they have a good WiFi card and can connect up easily are a bit big and clunky. I have a cell phone that is WiFi enable and I use it to be a hand held detection device for free WiFi spots. I will walk around and leave it on open and searching to see what networks come up. Only when I get one that I can not only log into but one that has a strong signal strength as well. After I am able to do this I will find a spot to sit down, then take out the laptop and begin work.
There are also places that always offer free WiFi service that you can go to and do work. Currently Barnes and Nobles, Starbucks, and AT&T all offer free WiFi at their locations. Starbucks and Barnes and Nobles are great places to do work, but they are not always convenient. If you can find one near where you are though they offer a free, easy, and reliable way to hook up to the internet. Without much hassle you can walk in and sit down and do work. Plus at Barnes and Nobles and Starbucks you can get a nice latte or cappuccino which makes working a lot easier.
The other great resource that you can use to make finding free WiFi simple is hotspothaven.com. This website has a searchable database of hotspots around the world. From Los Angeles to Sydney, all you need to know is where you are going to be an hotspothaven can find you free wireless there, if it is available. In my local zip code alone, and mind you I live in a fairly rural area, there were over twenty five different hotspots listed. My suggestion is if you know where you are going to be scout ahead with this website, then use your phone to confirm when you get there. If none of these pan out, just go to the nearest Starbucks, you are bound to find one pretty quick.