Wifi Finder.

 

In two weeks we are making a trip to the southern states. Does anybody know a wifi finder app for the states for my android phone?
Thanks.

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inSSIDer

It's a great app that let's you sniff 2.4 and 5 gHz as well.

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HerbSch wrote:

In two weeks we are making a trip to the southern states. Does anybody know a wifi finder app for the states for my android phone?
Thanks.

For locations https://play.google.com/store/search?q=wifi%20finder%20app

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Your Phone

Your phone is all the WIFI finder you need. Go to Settings WIFI and you will be shown any available WIFI that your phone can receive. Any APP you download whether it be free or not is going to use your built in WIFI radio and antenna to work. If the APP can see it, your phone has already seen it.

Most libraries and nearly all chain Fast Food restaurants have WIFI as do most hotels. A lot of them you can park in the parking lot and connect to them.

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Wifi Analyzer

inSIDDer is OK, but WiFi Analyzer by Kevin Young/farproc is even better. Caution, there is at least one other by the same name that isn't as good.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wi...

This will do some nice things that the simple Android wifi signal selector fails to do.

GPS is the first approach solution

If you're too far from any Wifi antena, none of the "finders" will see them. But there are POI files on this site (WiFi.csv and WiFi_Lite.csv) to use on your GPSr that will direct you to as area where you can then use a Wifi finder/analyzer or just your phone for that matter to see what network(s) are offered.

Thank you guys

for your help. There are some interesting apps.

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WiFi Finder App

I also use the "WiFi Finder" app by JiWire Inc. (available on both Android and iPhone).
It shows on a map where to find both free and paid WiFi locations which are near your location, where ever you are. That way you don't have to drive around hoping to find one.

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True with tablet also

phranc wrote:

Your phone is all the WIFI finder you need. Go to Settings WIFI and you will be shown any available WIFI that your phone can receive. Any APP you download whether it be free or not is going to use your built in WIFI radio and antenna to work. If the APP can see it, your phone has already seen it.

Most libraries and nearly all chain Fast Food restaurants have WIFI as do most hotels. A lot of them you can park in the parking lot and connect to them.

On my tablet and phone all I do is click on Wifi and they tell me all the wifi spots in range.

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My Point

My point exactly.

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So the App

rlohnes wrote:

I also use the "WiFi Finder" app by JiWire Inc. (available on both Android and iPhone).
It shows on a map where to find both free and paid WiFi locations which are near your location, where ever you are. That way you don't have to drive around hoping to find one.

So if you are not near a wifi spot the app will tell you where to go?

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Location

mgarledge wrote:
phranc wrote:

Your phone is all the WIFI finder you need. Go to Settings WIFI and you will be shown any available WIFI that your phone can receive. Any APP you download whether it be free or not is going to use your built in WIFI radio and antenna to work. If the APP can see it, your phone has already seen it.

Most libraries and nearly all chain Fast Food restaurants have WIFI as do most hotels. A lot of them you can park in the parking lot and connect to them.

On my tablet and phone all I do is click on Wifi and they tell me all the wifi spots in range.

Exactly, what is the point to know that there is a WiFi 2 miles away when your phone won't pick it up.
The advice earlier is good, almost all Fast Food joints, Starbucks etc offer WiFi.

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If your concerned about security....

be very careful about wifi. Go to a lookalike site or one that is open and you risk any passwords or information you enter going to the bad guys. Even secured connections that have a password freely available is asking for trouble as well.

Was at Walmart today and

Was at Walmart today and notice they have what they call internet to go. The device itself was 70 some dollars. The refill cards for data very reasonable. But the plus side was that as long as you use the data once a year the remaining balance did not expire like other carriers do in various time frames. We travel a lot and do use the wifi at hotels and etc . Never use public wifi for any accounts that security is in question. This may not be as good as the top carriers but should be better then the speed at most public wifi and would have security. Looking at this as alternative since we wouldn't have to worry about the cost of the data card expiring.

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What's your point?

phranc wrote:

My point exactly.

Good for you. If that is all you think that you want, then use it. But the original poster asked about apps and clearly wanted more. WiFi Analyzer can tell you more than what signals are in the area. It can show you a graphical display of signal strength. It can let you see which signals are clustered together and which are on a different channel without interference. You can see which signals are dropping in and out and which are stable, and it can switch to a time line display and record that over time so you can see the signal history. It can even bring up a signal strength meter and let you move around to find a location with the best signal. These are not easily done with the standard wifi channel selector. And you can use WiFi Analyzer to find the signal that you want, and then select it there directly, without ever having to run the default Android Wi-Fi app. So it does everything that the default Wi-Fi app does and a lot more. I and many others just use it and don't fool around with the more limited default app.

Clearly you don't want that extra information that others do, but that is no reason to keep telling us about the default app; any Android user should already know about that.

This one works for me quite

This one works for me quite nicely and is available from the Play store at no cost

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WiFi Finder is a free productivity app for Android that features a device Wi-Fi hotspot locator.

Search for free and public Wi-Fi whenever you’re on the go with Wi-Fi Finder app. The app features a database of 500, 000 free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in over 144 countries, which is accessible even offline. Now, it’s easier than ever to use Skype while on the go.

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WiFi Finder

visiter555 wrote:

This one works for me quite nicely .....

I just checked it out. Sadly, it seems to miss more locations than it hit. Missing an awful lot of free sites in my area, and I checked an area that I used free wifi on vacation last year and it was awful there too. Some of those missed free sites are major chains that have been there for years and really shouldn't have been missed. And that was with the on-line data, I expect the downloadable database might not even be as good. Commenters say that the downloadable data can't be stored on the external card, which is a real waste (and, to me, a sign of poor programming), my internal space is too precious to use for a 55 meg database. Couldn't they even sort that data and offer smaller databases? Even breaking it down by continent would save a lot of space for most users, and of course you could still have the whole world database for anyone who wants it.

Don't see much point in using this list if it is missing most sites, don't want to run around to locations it directs me to when there are many closer. I realize it is a major task to build and maintain such a database, but if it can't be done well maybe it shouldn't be done.

Uninstalled.

Yes

mgarledge wrote:
rlohnes wrote:

I also use the "WiFi Finder" app by JiWire Inc. (available on both Android and iPhone).
It shows on a map where to find both free and paid WiFi locations which are near your location, where ever you are. That way you don't have to drive around hoping to find one.

So if you are not near a wifi spot the app will tell you where to go?

Yes, but at least it's nice about it.
(I've been told "where to go" many times).

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WiFi Finder

Melaqueman wrote:

Exactly, what is the point to know that there is a WiFi 2 miles away when your phone won't pick it up.
The advice earlier is good, almost all Fast Food joints, Starbucks etc offer WiFi.

For sure, you don't need an app to see and log into whatever is around you. But if you don't have any signal nearby and need to go find a coffee shop, restaurant or other public place to go get connected and catch up, you'd need to know where to drive to do so. smile

3G :(

charlesd45 wrote:

Was at Walmart today and notice they have what they call internet to go. The device itself was 70 some dollars. The refill cards for data very reasonable. But the plus side was that as long as you use the data once a year the remaining balance did not expire like other carriers do in various time frames. We travel a lot and do use the wifi at hotels and etc . Never use public wifi for any accounts that security is in question. This may not be as good as the top carriers but should be better then the speed at most public wifi and would have security. Looking at this as alternative since we wouldn't have to worry about the cost of the data card expiring.

This thing? http://www.walmart.com/ip/Internet-on-the-Go-Mobile-Hotspot-...

It uses a 3G cellular connection. Would be OK for getting email, but far too slow for web surfing or other moderately data-intensive internet activity. Decent concept, since the device will allow multiple connections so both you and the wife could use it for access at the same time. Of course, the already slow 3G bandwidth would be halved with two data connections, but it would work. The company I work for used to sell these, but they were never very popular.

Another option to look at is enabling hotspot on your phone, if the phone and carrier support this. You could turn it on for a trip, and turn it off afterwards. Some carriers allow this, others do not.

This is our current option at work for our mobile workforce. Hotspot-enabled phones, so we can connect our laptops and tablets through the same hotspot. Ours is 4G, so the performance is very nice as long as we're in an area with 4G coverage.

Why it is related to Garmin device?

HerbSch wrote:

In two weeks we are making a trip to the southern states. Does anybody know a wifi finder app for the states for my android phone?
Thanks.

Why it is related to Garmin device?