THE next time you arrive at an airport in desperate need of a free Wi-Fi connection, never fear — this guy has already sorted you out.
Frequent flyer, blogger and computer engineer Anil Polat has done the world’s travellers a big favour by setting up an interactive map that reveals the passwords to free Wi-Fi at airports across the globe.
Polat set up WiFox, an app that uses Google Maps to log airport and airport lounge Wi-Fi passwords in real-time. Users can add new passwords, which are verified before being included on the map.
The map includes airport and airport lounge locations, network names and passwords, plus handy tips — such as which gate to sit closest to for the strongest signal.
It will also let you know if the Wi-Fi you’re using has a time limit and whether you can work around it.
“All of the information is verified before being approved to the map — plus you can submit password changes as you discover them,” Polat said on his blog.
“WiFox also has a simple feedback system that lets you vouch for working passwords or let me know one might need updating.”
The map can be downloaded for offline use and will update once you’ve scored that free Wi-Fi connection.
So far, about 80 of the world’s airlines are logged on the map, including Sydney international airport — where we’re told there’s a strong signal next to gate 24.
WiFox, The Map Of Current Airport Wireless Passwords Worldwide, Is Now Available On Android
How WiFox Works
WiFox is based on my popular map of wireless passwords from around the world, letting users around the world add password information from airports as they travel. Passwords are then verified and added to the map, which is updated in real-time when you have an Internet connection. All of the hotspots are shown on a Google map, which you can download for offline use, as well as in a searchable list view.
- Hotspot Information Includes – Airport, location in the airport or lounge, network name, password, plus any other details that might help you get online (e.g. “sit next to gate 47 for the strongest signal”).
All of the information is verified before being approved to the map – plus you can submit password changes as you discover them. WiFox also has a simple feedback system that let’s you vouch for working passwords or let me know one might need updating.
Unlock Airport Time Restrictions
WiFox currently has the access information for over 80 airports worldwide. Additionally, WiFox shows you airports with free wireless so you can better plan a trip. Many free wifi connections in airport often have time limits, so not only does WiFox tell you what they are but it also has information showing you how to turn limited into unlimited Internet.
Available On Google Play Now
WiFox is available for Android on Google Play as well as Amazon for $1.99. There are no in-app purchases or ads and airport wireless updates are free, for life. As I have for the iOS version, I’ll keep adding new features to WiFox, hotspots, plus other updates regularly based on your reviews. My goal is to help you travel smarter and get online in airports you might not otherwise be able to (or in airports that want to email you a password – before they let you online, ugh).