How to get connected at the airport

How to get connected at the airport

From “free” airport wi-fi to tethering, here’s a quick guide on how to find an Internet connection at the airport.

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  • Justin

    Chris,

    Foxfi (Android) allows free tethering without the need for a subscription or technical expertise required to root a phone. Application consumes Data from one’s normal phone plan. Limited Data subscribers be mindful of usage, and unlimited users, companies can’t distinguish regular browsing from tethering.

    Tethering offers the benefit of not having your computer exposed to a public wifi hotspot for those concerned.

    Apple Users… Well, you shouldn’t buy Apple =). No advice here.

  • Jeanne_in_NE

    A comment on tethering: be sure to lock down your mobile hot spot, so that your fellow travelers don’t connect to your hot spot.

  • Justin

    You’re preaching to the crowd that keeps their home network password free….I’d hope if they can turn on the hotspot, there’s at least a password. Hope and reality don’t always collide.

  • Scottie

    Boingo’s a ripoff. I had a subscription and used it in a hotel in Germany, got a huge per-hour bill which they later cut in half as a “courtesy” gesture. Boingo sure signed me onto the internet with no problems, from multiple devices, but never ever stated that there would be an additional charge. Total ripoff.

  • Bill___A

    So what’s the advice? Buy Boingo every month? In my estimation, this is not very good advice. Might have been 10 years ago, but certainly not now.

  • PolishKnightUSA

    Invest in a super high powered antenna (you can search for them on amazon.) These things are powerful (1 watt!) and you sure want to be near a power outlet to use them. You can then point and scan to see if you can find a strong signal even off-airport.