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Find Free Wifi Hotspots with WeFi

[Windows, Mobile and Mac]wifi-ico Since I have a netbook and occasionally take it on the road, I decided to try out WeFi. The WeFi application and web service promises to help you locate wifi hotspots and connect you to thousands of other WeFi users. Here’s what they say about the service:

WeFi is dedicated to helping you find, connect, and enjoy Wi-Fi anywhere around the world. We provide the tools that allow our community to map the global Wi-Fi network. Our dedicated community has already discovered over 60,000,000 access points around the world. Join us today and help us map the next million!

I downloaded the 8mb installation file and started the install process. I found that there are a few places that you might want take a closer look at during the install.

The first installation options default to installing a toolbar and new default search in your web browser. When I see options like these, I nearly always opt out. I hate toolbars and I’m happy with my search providers.

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Just when I thought I was done with the junk programs they wanted me to install, one more option popped in. I can’t tell you how much I dislike added shopping applications like the Price Gong offer they served up.

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After getting through the options above, the software starts installing and you’ll see a cute animation with the little WeFi creature running past store fronts. It’s a little too cute. At that point, I was wondering if this was a serious company delivering a real product.

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One final setting popped up after the little running logo. I decided that I definitely did not want to allow WeFi to automatically connect me to networks. I like to look them over before I allow my netbook to connect to strange new hotspots.

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The final step was to actually create an account with WeFi. They step you through the sign-up and only require an email address in addition to letting you choose your username and password. Once that’s out of the way, the main WeFi interface finally launches.

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After playing with it for awhile, I decided that I liked the WeFi interface because it was very similar to most instant messenger clients. Below is a video showing you a little bit about how it works.

Link to video at Youtube

Download WeFi

http://www.wefi.com/

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I didn’t like the offers for the toolbar, the change to default search and the shopping assistant. However, I did like the fact that WeFi does offer an easy way to discover new hotspots and get in touch with other WeFi users. I have mixed feelings about it at this time, but I won’t tell anyone to stay away from WeFi.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Create Your Own Wifi Hotspot – Connectify Updated to 1.0

connectify-program-icon A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new free application, called Connectify. It makes use of an unfinished feature in Windows 7 which allows you to create a personal wifi hotspot that can be shared with others.

* Please note that this application only works in Windows 7. You will also have to register at the Connectify website with a name and email address.

New and improved!

Recently, Connectify has been updated with a few minor features to bring it up to Version 1.0. The new and improved features include improved notification tray icons, support for more wireless cards, improved memory management, recovery from sleep/hibernate, support for multiple Windows accounts and more.

Why do I need Connectify?

I can think of at least two cases where Connectify would be nice.

If you don’t have a wireless router in your home, you won’t need one with Connectify. Any PC with a wireless card, that’s hooked up to the internet, can become a local wifi hotspot. Now you can broadcast the internet to your Xbox or wifi enabled phone or other devices.

If you happen to be at an airport or an internet cafe, you can share your connection and possibly help someone avoid being charged with a connection fee. Just don’t tell anyone that I said you can do this. I don’t know if it’s legal in all cases.

How to use Connectify

● Download the Connectify client
● Install it
● Look for the Connectify icon in the system tray

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● Click on the icon once to open it

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● Set the wifi name
● Set a password of 8 characters or more
● Select either Local or Wireless in the pull down (your current internet connection)
● Select either Access Point or Ad Hoc in the pull down (the new hotspot)
● Click the “Start Hotspot” button

As you can see, I’ve created a wifi hotspot named “skynet“.

Once it’s live, anyone with your password can connect to your hotspot. Connectify even identifies PCs and devices that are connected to it. You can see them in the window labeled “Connected Clients”. If you double click on a connected client, you can change the little icon next to it to make it easier to identify at a glance.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

If you would like to share your internet connection wirelessly in your home or on the road, you could not ask for an easier way to do it. I have no problems giving this app a good recommendation.

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Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

McDonald’s to Offer Free Wi-Fi Starting January

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McDonald’s will soon start offering free Wi-Fi for customers in collaboration with AT&T starting mid-January. Currently, McDonald charges customers $2.95 to access Wi-Fi for two hours. Free Wi-Fi in McDonald’s will be launched in 11000 locations across US.

Providing free Wi-Fi will definitely get more customers into McDonald’s stores and more likely than not increase their revenue, specially the new line of coffee introduced by them.

Do you use Wi-Fi in McDonald’s or Starbucks?

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[via TechMeme]

Google to Offer Free WiFi on Virgin Atlantic Flights

Whenever people travel on a plane, they get a perfect excuse to skip work, albeit for only sometime. However, Google thinks otherwise. Google has tied up with Virgin Atlantic, to offer free WiFi on flights across North America, during the holiday season.

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The free WiFi will be available on all Virgin Atlantic flights between November 10, 2009 and January 15, 2010, when you are travelling within North America. Free WiFi will be available for Virgin Atlantic flights to the following destinations:

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • New York, NY (JFK)
  • Orange County, CA (SNA)
  • San Diego, CA (SAN)
  • Seattle, WA (SEA)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD)

Free WiFi on planes is not a new concept, as several other carriers offer paid WiFi on short and long distance flights. Will you fly Virgin Atlantic, just to make use of the free WiFi this holiday season?

Free Holiday WiFi [via Official Google Blog]

Search and Find Free WiFi Hotspots With Wifi.com

Travelling and looking to find a free WiFi connection? Wifi.com is the solution you are looking for, it will allow you to search and find Free WiFi hotspots around your location, allowing you access to the internet, without having to pay hefty amounts to commercial WiFi providers.

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Wifi.com works similarly to previously mentioned Free Wifi Hotspot finder. It searches the surrounding areas and displays the best available options for accessing WiFi connections free of cost.

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