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Whether you're traveling or just trying to get out of the house a bit more, there's one thing that plagues us everywhere we go: Wi-Fi. We may not have that cloud of Wi-Fi covering the planet yet, but you can find free Wi-Fi almost anywhere, if you know how to look. Here's what you need to know as per Life Hacker:
10. Know Which Hotels and Businesses Always Have Wi-Fi
If you don't have one of those locations around, though—or if you can't stand the smell of coffee—it's time to turn to a hotspot database like WeFi. They have a huge list of over 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, including rural areas you might not expect. They've also got apps for iPhone andAndroid, so you're never without a search engine to find yourself a connection.
This won't get you access to the whole internet, but if you're just looking for Wi-Fi to pass the time, see if the local paid hotspots offer any sites for free. Delta Airlines, for example, offers free access to Amazon, People magazine, and the Wall Street Journal in-flight. It won't help you check your email, but you can certainly keep busy browsing Amazon and reading news, and you won't need to spend a dime.
Some businesses—like Kimpton and other hotels—will offer you free Wi-Fi if you join a loyalty program with them. It's not a bad deal considering most loyalty programs are free, and as long as you have a good spam filter in place, you won't have to deal with those nasty newsletters they send out after you sign up.
With a little foresight, you can rack up some coupons and have them ready when you need Wi-Fi access on the go. Sites likeRetailMeNot are always great for finding vouchers, and you can often see if that hotspot company has any partners that regularly offer deals (You can often find GoGo deals through their partners likeGadling, for example). Following that company on Twitter can often score you some coupons, too. If you're in a big building like an airport, you may even be able to find some codes at nearby shops, too.
Sometimes you find free Wi-Fi, but you're only limited to a few hours. If you don't want to get up and find a new hotspot, you can do some simple MAC address spoofing to extend your time. Either spoof a new MAC address to get another few hours, or if you're really sneaky, spoof someone else's MAC address that has unlimited access to the paid service, and get unlimited Wi-Fi that way.
You might not realize this, but if you subscribe to cable internet at home, you probably have free access to all of their Wi-Fi hotspots around town. If you live in a big city, you might even get hotspots from other cable providers too. Check your provider's web site for a map of nearby hotspots, or if they have one, download their mobile app from your app store of choice and find them that way.
2. Tether Your Phone
If you have a smartphone, one of the more obvious—but always useful—options is to tether your 3G or 4G connection to your computer. We've talked about our favorite tethering apps for both iPhoneand Android, but know that they'll take a little preparation beforehand. iPhone users will have tojailbreak first, and Android users will have toroot (but only for Wi-Fi tethering; USB tethering can be done without root access). The nice thing about this method is that it works pretty much anywhere, so as long as you prepare your phone beforehand, you'll never be without a connection. Photo by Paul Irish.
If you're in a Wi-Fi emergency and you absolutely have to connect, you can take some desperate measures and do a little hacking. We've shown you how to crack both WEPand WPA passwords, and all you need is a live CD. However, it may take a bit of time, so it may or may not work in a bind, and it probably isn't worth getting in trouble over. We don't really recommend doing this, though it can be useful to do it to your own network so you know how to protect yourself. You've been warned.