May 26, 2008 at 9:25 pm #390347
I wanted to know: is Wi-Fi free?May 26, 2008 at 9:26 pm #390348May 26, 2008 at 9:38 pm #390354
Helpful, but i need more info…May 26, 2008 at 9:55 pm #390359
I shouldn’t think it’s free. I mean, is anything free?May 26, 2008 at 9:58 pm #390360
Stuff at Costco.May 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm #390361
Why are you asking?
Someone has to pay monthly rates to have broadband connection. So no, it is not free. Public libraries provide wi-fi services for free because tax money are paying for those wireless connection, tax money coming from households like yours.
Tapping into neighbor’s Wi-fi is not free, it’s stealing and putting yourself at risk of identity theft.May 26, 2008 at 11:06 pm #390365
Depends on the definition of Wi-fi that you are using:
If you have an internet connection and add a wireless router then you don’t have to pay any extra to use the wireless feature. Any computer in your house (and anyone else in range) can use that wireless connection at no additional charge after the purchase price and paying for the connection to the ISP.
As Lech said – if your computer / laptop can see your neighbours’ wi-fi and you tap into that (without permission) then you are stealing. If you don’t have your own internet connection and you go over to them and ask permission and they say yes then you might be able to arrange a deal with them.
In some cities they provide free wireless connectivity in the central business districts. Some cafe’s and libraries also provide free connectivity. Usually when you see it on your computer, it will be specifically stated if it’s free. Or when you try and connect you will get a homepage with “this service provided to you by (someone)”.
Also under the “wireless” label is roaming internet, where you add a little device to your laptop which uses the mobile phone system to connect to the internet. If you have one of these systems then they are definitely a paid service.
Basically, if you see a network that is not encrypted and you use it without specific permission to do so, then it is stealing and wrong. However, there are plenty of people who set up their networks unsecured.May 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm #390454
Can I use this stuff with an iphone or ipod touch if I have a router at home?May 27, 2008 at 9:26 pm #390458
If the router is wireless, you should be able to.May 28, 2008 at 12:10 am #390476
I have no idea how the iPhone makes its connections, but since it’s a mobile phone I would imagine that it would use the phone network to access the internet. You’d need to ask someone who has one or a salesman or something to find out if you can use a wireless connection (specify that you want to connect to the internet via an external router).
The iPod might have more chance of having a wireless connection built in, in which case yes, you could use your home wireless connection.
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