Editor’s not: While the free WiFi article on Entrepreneur.com is not specifically for RVers it does offer some good advice that can be useful to RVers. Below are the highlights.
10 Ways to Get Free WiFi
1. Just ask.
One of the easiest ways to snag some free Wi-Fi is just to simply ask someone for free WiFi.
2. Become hot spot savvy.
Becoming more hot spot savvy means knowing the places that provide truly free and reliable WiFi.
3. Know which businesses offer free WiFi.
Knowing which businesses which offer free WiFi will save you a lot of time whenever you’re out and about. Best of all? There are a lot of national chains that offer free Wi-Fi. These include:
- Panera Bread
- Barnes & Noble
- Dunkin Donuts
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Apple Store
- Marriott Hotels
- Staples and Office Depot
- Best Buy
- Whole Foods
4. Use your cable company.
This may not be technically free, but if you’re already paying for a cable or Internet subscription from companies like Xfinity, you’re plan may include access to Wi-Fi hotspots.
5. Do a little MAC spoofing.
The main drawback with free WiFi is that you’re only allowed to use it for a certain amount of time. You can change that by spoofing the MAC address of your mobile device.
6. Join a community.
Instabridge is an online community where crowd-sourced WiFi connections and passwords have been compiled into one convenient location.
7. Find hidden networks.
Apps including Instabridge and Wefi find networks that are aren’t commonly known.
8. Join loyalty programs.
Joining a loyalty program comes with a number of perks, often including free Wi-Fi.
9. Coupons and promotions.
If you’re not a frequent traveler, you can still take advantage of free Wi-Fi offers from hotels by visiting sites like RetailMeNot to find businesses like Gogo and Hyundai that are running a promotion or issuing a coupon for free WiFi.
10. Make your phone a hot spot.
When all else fails, you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot through the common technique called tethering.