Finding a Wi-Fi
Hotspot the Easy Way
We each have our
own way of doing things but given my druthers, I’d rather trade
stocks hard-wired in some posh hotel room—and then go eco-diving or hiking the backwoods
of the Sera Pelada or
Park. The reasons are obvious: it’s safe, secure, and stock
traders need a certain amount of quietude to make smart choices in
that, though, I have traded in Wi-Fi hotspots all over the globe
because sometimes it’s expeditious to do so. I may actually want
to have something to eat, drink coffee, or swill a brewski
while I’m trading and I can’t do that in a hotel room.
purchased a decent laptop in the last couple of years, it probably
already contains a Wi-Fi card which will enable your unit to
communicate with any wireless router. My trusty HP has Intel®
Centrino™ mobile technology built in so I was ready to surf the
moment I bought it.
If you do not
have a built-in Wi-Fi card, they’re simple to buy and install.
Most cost less than $75. A Belkin 802.11g Wireless Notebook
Network Card can be had for $35, and it just plugs into your Wi-Fi
port (assuming you have one). The Card works as a standalone to
give you instant networking capabilities. Or check out a
Linksys 802.11g Wireless Notebook Card.
It sells for less than $60.
runway, and even while your lolling around your hotel or having a
bite to eat in some Internet café, you can check for free or paid
hotspot locations in your port of call. To make that easier,
here’s a list of some of the most popular sites that offer this
Noted elsewhere on this site in various departments is JIWire.
They've got a hotspot locator on their site that's worth trying.
Wi-Fi Hotspot List
Wi-FiHotSpotList.com is the leading resource for finding wireless
access points around the world. Thousands of Wi-Fi HotSpot
locations are listed and new sites are added daily.
is a listing of Wi-Fi enabled locations that offer Free Wireless
High Speed Internet Access. USA State-by-State listings come first
Europe and other regions of the World listed further down the
a web-based interactive map of wardhalking data. Warchalkers (folks
to advertise an open Wi-Fi wireless network. This site
findings, and we draw the data atop detailed street-level maps.
interactive maps of the Wi-Fi usage by US state, or geographic
Another site that allows you to search for public access wi-fi
Wi-Fi Hotspot Map at ZDnet UK
Use ZDNet UK's Wi-Fi map to find wireless hot spots across Great
Britain. This frequently updated map, based on Ordnance Survey's
MasterMap, gives street-level information of which hotels, railway
stations, cafes and kiosks offer Wi-Fi today
Wi-Fi Zone Finder
Find nearby hot spots by location (country, state, city) or you
can search for specific providers or venue types such as coffee
shops or airports. Includes an international database. Includes
Another guide to search for Wi-Fi hotspots in your local area, or
across the globe. They features a Road Warrior's guide for those
new to "working on the road". You can use icons at the top of the
site to select the type of wi-fi place you are looking for (hotel,
coffee shop, etc.), then fill in at least one other piece of
information to find one near you.
Search over 28 thousand unique FREE and commercial WiFi HotSpots
What started out as an attempt to map the Sydney Wireless project
nodes in Sydney Australia, ballooned quickly into a world wide
mapping service for locations the world over. It is now an
international guide to free hot-spots.
PluggedIns.com is a directory of U.S. hotel hot-spots, including
both wired and wireless.
Global Wi-Fi hotspot directory. New and growing.
Wi-Fi Internet Service Providers
Check out these wireless Internet service providers for public
wireless Internet access