Finding Free WiFi
Rather than sit and program in a dingy hotel room all day, it is nice to get out to libraries and cafes that offer free wireless Internet (“wifi”) to enjoy the atmosphere, chat with local people, and keep the non-programming member of the household (that would be me) out of trouble while the programming member is getting his work done. The trick, of course, is how to find free wifi.
We have just added a “Free WiFi Finders” section to our sidebar to list our favourite free wifi resources. These are all sites that we use ourselves, and we hope you find them as useful as we do.
Free WiFi Directories
- AnchorFree uses a zoomable map to list Free WiFi all over the world. (INTERNATIONAL)
- gWiFi.net primarily lists wifi spots in NYC, but you can add other locations to their system, too. (NYC)
- OpenWifiSpots is one of the two most comprehensive free wifi directory we’ve found for the US so far. It is searchable by address or by zip code. (USA)
- Free wi-fi hotspots is another global directory, with comprehensive US listings, too. It lists hotspots by state / city or international region. (INTERNATIONAL / USA)
Wifi Coffee Shop Directories
- Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe offers free wifi at over 1200 locations in the US. You can search by address, state, or zip code, or you can use their state-by-state wifi locations list. (USA)
- indie coffee shops is a GREAT resource for people like us who prefer to support locally-owned and -operated businesses. The site includes mainly cafes in the US on their zoomable/searchable map, but also a handful in Canada, and you can filter the listings to show indie coffee shops that offer free wifi. (USA)
Keeping these directories up-to-date relies on the volunteer efforts of people all over the world. A great way to give back to the wifi community and to help the independent businesses in your area is to make sure that all of your favourite wifi providers are listed. (If you can’t find your favourite places, send in their information using the submission forms.) While we’ve been in Sturbridge, MA, we have submitted the information for the Sturbridge Coffee House and the Old Sturbridge Village Cafe.
We’ll keep updating our list as we test more wifi directories if a site isn’t listed that you like to use, please let us know!