Get Free Airport Wi-Fi with This Simple Trick
Sick of paying those hefty $7 charges for 30 minutes of airport Wi-Fi?
While some airports these days are kind enough to offer free Wi-Fi to their passengers, it seems that most airports have been slow to follow suit.
Felix Geisendorfer of Debuggable.com managed to score free Wi-Fi at Atlanta airport by using a simple trick, then wrote a blog post about it. As Felix said:
“I found that I could easily visit sites like slashdot, Google, or even this weblog, when adding a ?.jpg at the end of the url. The next logical step was to automate that. I downloaded Greasemonkey and wrote a 4 line script that would add ?.jpg to every link in a document. That way I was able to browse most sites without a hassle.”
Unfortunately, Felix hasn’t made his Greasemonkey script available, but considering all you need to do is add ‘?.jpg’ to the end of each URL, this isn’t a massive problem.
The problem with this trick is that it’s easily fixed and unlikely to work at most airports these days (as Felix originally blogged about this in 2006). So what do you do when this trick doesn’t work?
Antriksh Yadav posted his trick for getting free airport Wi-Fi on RightNowTech.com:
“When traveling, sometimes you might come across airports that do not provide free Wi-Fi services. But you can sit near airline lounges. They usually have free Wi-Fi and they are often times unsecured and leaking out into the public space.”
“That’s why it is always good to have a Wi-Fi enabled phone at hand, so that you can search for networks as you walk around.”
This seems like a much better way of getting free Wi-Fi, as it seems most business lounges are reluctant to password-protect their Wi-Fi, and because it’s difficult to control where the Wi-Fi’s reach ends.
Have you tried out either of these handy tricks? Let us know how they worked for you!
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