Thursday, 30 November 2017

Locating Free WiFi Hotspots in Your Area

Are you running out of data pack?
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Do you need to access the Internet right now? Then you can search for reliable free Wi-Fi hotspots in your area using the tips shared in the article below.

Locating Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Using Search Engines

 

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In case you are travelling and need free Wi-Fi, then you can take the help of Google and Bing. Just search for wireless hotspots around your area using the name of the area you are located or using the zip code in Bing. This will help you locate all the Wi-Fi hotspots available in and around your area.
You can even try Google Places to search for Wi-Fi hotspots globally. Just type the name of the area or zip code and get a list of businesses as well as places where free Wireless Internet is offered.

Locating Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Using Apps




There are many apps on iOS and Android that help in locating Wi-Fi hotspots around you. One such app is WiFiMapper by OpenSignal available on Android and iOS. Just download it on your phone and use it to find the list of nearby hotspots around you on a map. The ones with gray Wi-Fi signal need a password to login and the ones in green are free or open hotspots. Tap on the free hotspot around you and connect to the Internet.

Locating Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Using Facebook






Facebook has rolled out a very useful feature called the ‘Find Wi-Fi’. You need to login to your Facebook app account and then tap on the Find Wi-Fi button. Android users will find it under Apps and iPhone users will find it under the ‘Explore’ section. Once it is granted permission to access your location, it will display all the locations around your area with free Wi-Fi hotspots.

These are some of the common and easy ways for locating free Wi-Fi hotspots around your area. Try them and get access to free Internet easily.

References:


1.https://www.cnet.com/how-to/find-open-hotspots-with-wifimapper/
2.https://www.labnol.org/internet/find-wifi-hotspots/19242/
3.https://lifehacker.com/377919/locate-free-wireless-with-wi-fi-hotspot-finder
4.https://lifehacker.com/5918856/top-10-ways-to-get-free-wi-fi-anywhere-you-go
5.https://www.lifewire.com/wifi-hotspots-explained-818310

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Improving Wi-Fi Signals Using Aluminum Foil

Are their blank spots around the house that cause you to lose Wi-Fi signal?
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Don’t you wish to boost the Wi-Fi signal around your house with the help of a simple, yet effective way? Well, scientists have found the easiest way to boost the Wi-Fi signal around your house.

And the best part is, it is easily available in any kitchen and is very, very cost effective. It is none other than an aluminum foil. Just use the aluminum foil as to shape the flow of your Wi-Fi signal and give your network the much needed speed and coverage.


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The following article will cover the simple method for improving Wi-Fi signals using aluminum foil.

How to Improve Wi-Fi Signal Using Aluminum Foils.


Before we move on to the method to improve Wi-Fi signals using aluminum foil, let us make sure if your router or modem is placed in a wider range.

Your router or modem should be kept in an open place and should not be covered by walls, wood, furniture or other metal obstacles. It should be placed at an higher place so that it can be detected easily by most devices. Do not place it under a table, behind a desktop PC or behind a bookshelf. Make sure the number of devices connected to your router do not exceed the stipulated standard. These points are very important as it can cause your Wi-Fi signal to become weak and disturbed.
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Now, after making sure all these points are clear and not causing problems with your Wi-Fi signal, then it is time to make our very own Wi-Fi booster using aluminum foil.

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Before we get started, you need a few essential things such as:
  • Aluminum foil
  • Router
  • Scissors

Now, let’s get started:

  • Take a piece of aluminum foil and cut it into a shape of a rectangle. Make sure you take a large piece and fold it 2 to 3 times into a rectangle. This will make it a stronger and hold on better.
  • Fold its sides so that they form a curved shape and you could use a cardboard roll or an bottle to help you give it the needed shape.
  • If the aluminum foil is not able to stand, then place thick papers or cardboard around it to allow it to stand on its own.
  • Place this curved, rectangle piece of aluminum foil near the antenna of your router. This will help the signal get amplified and focus on the blank spots around the house.
  • If you have a wall mounted router, then punch two holes in your aluminum foil and place it on the antenna. 

Once the aluminum foil is placed on near the router, you will definitely find improvement in your Wi-Fi signal. It is cheap and easy to do method of boosting a poor wireless network signal without spending money on an expensive Wi-Fi extender.

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References:


1.https://www.sciencealert.com/simple-hack-aluminium-foil-improve-home-wi-fi-wireless-signals
2.http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/simple-trick-improve-wifi-your-11491627
3.http://www.efrennolasco.com/how-to-boost-wifi-signal-using-aluminum-foil/
4.https://www.alltechbuzz.net/increase-wifi-signal-strength-with-al-foil-easily/
5.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5063071/The-simple-hack-improve-WiFi-minutes.html
6.http://www.iflscience.com/technology/boost-wifi-signal-tin-foil-hat/
7.https://www.labnol.org/software/increase-wifi-signal-strength-with-aluminum/8064/

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

How to Encourage Customers to Use Your Wi-Fi?

How to Lure Customers to Use Your Business Wi-Fi Hotspot

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Since Facebook has started offering ‘Find Free Wi-Fi’ feature to its users, businesses have started to take Wi-Fi marketing seriously. Businesses are trying to find new ways to encourage customers to use their Wi-Fi hotspot.

Let us learn more about the ways that help lure potential customers to use your business Wi-Fi hotspot.


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What is Wi-Fi Marketing?


Before we go into the details of attracting potential customers to your business by providing free hotspots, let us understand what Wi-Fi marketing is. This is the latest method to advertise your business or service. It helps by communicating directly with your customers or users at the point of your business.

Today, every person is connected to the Internet in some way or the other. This includes by use of laptops, notebooks, tablets, as well as smartphones. People are always looking for free Wi-Fi to stay connected online when travelling and save previous and expensive mobile data.

When a business offers free Wi-Fi to a user, they are bound to visit the place more often and use their services to some extent. They even need to login or ‘Like’ in some cases the businesses ‘splash’ page. This gives an opportunity to business owners to learn more about their potential customers. Thus, according to the data collected, you can showcase more relevant products, services, offers, promotional discounts, etc. related to your business. Once this information is passed on to the customer, they will be connected to the Internet and access any online service they need.

After certain period of time, the customer will again return to the original splash page, reminding them of the business that is providing them with the free Wi-Fi service.
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How to Encourage Customers to Use Your Wi-Fi?


It is important to find simple yet effective ways that encourages customers to the Wi-Fi offered by your business establishment. This will bring in more potential customers and increase your sales. Let us have a look at some of the simplest methods to help attract more customers using your Wi-Fi hotspot.

Make authentication easier


When a customer searches for free Wi-Fi using the ‘Find Free Wi-Fi’ feature on Facebook, they tend to look for places that do not have complicated authentication processes. No one wants to spend time trying complicated passwords or authentication processes just to gain entry to free hotspot connections. Just keep this first step very simple. The user needs to ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ your splash page on Facebook by login into their Facebook account. Once this is done, they can continue to browse any site they wish.

Reward Them With Attractive Deals


Once they gain access to your Wi-Fi connection, you can reward them by offering personalized discounts, coupons or even deals that motivates them to use your services or buy your products. This even encourages them to visit your store or café or business more often to get similar deals.


Encourage Users to Bring In More Customers for More Exclusive Deals


You can encourage users to ‘Check-in’ to your Facebook page and encourage more potential users in their friends list to visit your business. More people from their friends list coming in with their deal code will result in attractive discounts for the new as well as old customer. Thus, you not just encourage a customer to return, but even indirectly bring in more customers.

Give Offers Based on Statistics


If you have a coffee shop and find couples walking in more, then offer ‘Buy 1 Coffee Latte and Get 1 Free’ offer only to their Wi-Fi hotspot users. Or a retail clothes store can offer special offers to their lady clients who purchase more than a certain amount. You need to analyze your target audience and their habits. Thus finding ways to make them visit your store more and more.

These are some ways to lure customers to use your Wi-Fi hotspot and visit your business more often. Thus, improving your list of patrons in terms of sale and followers on social media account that gives you indirect promotion.

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References:


1.https://www.tanaza.com/blog/encourage-wi-fi-customers-access-hotspot/
2.http://smallbusiness.chron.com/wifi-used-attract-customers-39535.html
3.http://www.wifimarketing.net/what-is-wifi-marketing-p306.aspx
4.http://www.gozonewifi.com/encourage-customers-access-wifi-hotspot/
5.https://www.reshiftmedia.com/facebook-free-wifi/

Monday, 20 November 2017

How Facebook Can Help You Find Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Running low on data and need to use the Internet?


Do you want to post your travel escapades on Facebook and you do not have access to Wi-Fi? Worry not. Facebook is here to rescue you.

Last year, Facebook came up with a beta version that helped locate free Wi-Fi hotspots around you. Now, it is rolling out this feature globally for both iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app.

Let us go into the details of how Facebook can help you find free Wi-Fi hotspots.





How is ‘Find Wi-Fi’ Feature of Facebook Useful?


The ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature is useful for international travelers as well as local travelers who need data to use the Internet. College students running low on data packs or international travelers who need to save their roaming data will find this feature useful.

Businesses also find it useful as it helps them earn real money by drawing in people who visit their stores for free Wi-Fi and end up purchasing their products or services in return.

Many cafes, restaurants as well as eateries find it profitable to patrons who come in looking for free Internet and end up spending money on their food. This way all benefit and stay connected.



How to Find Free Wi-Fi hotspot feature on Facebook?


First and foremost, in order to access the find Wi-Fi feature you need to have access to data. Only then can you scan for free Internet networks around you and enjoy surfing freely.

  • Open Facebook app and tab on the ‘Hamburger Menu’ or the ‘More’ tab that is indicated by the three vertical line button.
  • Go to the ‘Explore’ section and look for ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature on an iPhone.
  • Android users need to go to the Apps section for ‘Find Wi-Fi feature’. You may need to allow Facebook to access your location for the feature to work efficiently.
  • Once the permission is granted, it will locate all free Wi-Fi hotspots around you. This will be visible in terms of Business that share information regarding free hotspot on their Pages.
  • You will find businesses with free Wi-Fi on the top along with the name of their Wi-Fi network name. Or it will display the list of locations as per walking distance where you can find free Wi-Fi.
  • Facebook will list businesses along with their category, that is, if it is a coffee shop, retail store or an ice cream parlor. It even shows their business hours so that you know which place is the best to visit and when.
  • You can even find the direction to the business offering free Wi-Fi on Facebook Page.

This is all you need to do to use Facebook’s ‘Fine Free Wi-Fi’ feature. It is very useful in case you need an Internet connection in an emergency or when you data network signal is very weak.

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References:

1.1http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/30/technology/business/facebook-find-wifi-internet-security/index.html
2.https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2017/07/05/facebook-find-wi-fi/#1ab177e134bb
3.https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-find-free-wi-fi-hotspots-with-facebook-locator/
4.https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/facebook-find-wifi/
5.https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/30/facebook-is-rolling-out-its-find-wi-fi-feature-worldwide/

Sunday, 19 November 2017

How do I Put My New Router Password in My Phone

Have you installed a new Wi-Fi router or changed the existing router password? If yes, then you will need to reconnect the Wi-Fi connection in your phone.


Let us see the following tutorial on how do I put my new router password in my phone.



Entering the New Router Password in Your Phone


In order to connect to the Internet, you need to get access to the router. Just follow the simple steps below to get back your Internet connection.


  1. Go to Settings -> Wi-Fi and turn on the wifi button.
  2. It will automatically scan the available networks.
  3. Click on the network you would like to connect and it will ask you to enter Password. Enter the new password and tap on Connect. In case of an iOS device click on Join.
  4. In case your network is unable to connect, click on Forget Network and then follow the steps 1 to 3.
  5. This is all you need to do to put new router password in your phone.

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 References:


1.http://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/Internet/how-do-i-put-the-new-router-password-in-my-phone-so-I-can-use/td-p/283721
2.https://www.windstream.com/Support/How-do-I-set-up-my-wireless-connection-on-my-Android-smartphone-/
3.http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/troubleshoot-wi-fi-connections-on-your-android-phone/
4.https://nest.com/support/article/What-should-I-do-when-I-change-my-Wi-Fi-network-password-or-get-a-new-Wi-Fi-router

How to Reset Your Username and Password on a Linksys Wireless Router

There may come a time when you may need to access the admin page of your Linksys router.


Or update the firmware of the Linksys router and need access to the admin page. You may have changed the default password and even the username. You may have forgotten the new credentials and the best way to reach the admin page is by resetting the router.



Let us learn how to reset your username and password on a Linksys wireless router in the following article.


Resetting Username and Password on Linksys Wireless Router


  1. The first thing to do is take a thin pointed object and push the tiny reset button on the back panel of the Linksys router. Keep the button pressed for 30 seconds.
  2. REMEMBER: Resetting will lead to loss of all encryption information saved on your router. It will be as good as a new router.
  3. After you have completed pressing the button and the LED lights on the router panel stop blinking, enter the default IP address of your Linksys router in any web browser.
  4. A window will pop up asking you to enter your username and password. After resetting, you need to enter default username and password.
  5. In case you have forgotten the default credentials, look at the sticker on the router. It will contain information related to username and password.
  6. Usually, the username in Linksys router needs to be kept Blank and type admin in the password field. 



This is all about how to reset your username and password on a Linksys router. Just follow this simple procedure and make sure you change the passkey or password of your network as well. This will keep your network secured and safe from hackers.

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References


1.https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/internet/highspeed/networking/troubleshooting/questionsone/87853.htm
2.http://smallbusiness.chron.com/reset-username-password-linksys-wireless-router-54174.html

Why Is It Dangerous to Use Default Router Passwords?

The easiest way to attack a system is by entering the default password for a router.


Many attackers scan an area for Wi-Fi networks and attempt to login using the default password. Many unsuspecting Internet users never realize the importance of updating their default router passwords.



Let us have a look at the risks of default router passwords.


The Vulnerabilities of Default Router Passwords


Using the default password and in some cases the username is a gift on platter for attackers. The default passwords for almost all routers is available easily on the Internet. All the attacker needs to do is figure out the default router password for your model and enter your admin page.

Once they gain entry into your network, it becomes easy for the attackers to drain the bandwidth and use up the data pack, in case you do not have an unlimited data plan.

Easy access to your network leaves your system vulnerable to attacks that are more malicious. These include virus attack or complete takeover of your private information that includes your social media accounts or even bank accounts.

The hacker may take control of your computer and view your private folders, information, files, photographs as well as videos. They may then download this on their computer and use it to blackmail or tarnish your image.

There are many possibilities of malicious attempts that may only occur because you never thought of changing the default Wi-Fi network password. Change your Wi-Fi Internet password as well as default admin password of the router. Keep yourself secure and safe from hackers, attackers and even neighbors who enjoy feeding off your Internet.



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192.168.1.1

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References:

1.https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/77112/danger-of-default-router-password
2.https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/141157/is-it-dangerous-to-use-default-router-admin-passwords-if-only-trusted-users-are
3.https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-175A
4.https://www.sans.edu/cyber-research/security-laboratory/article/default-psswd
5.https://www.perspectiverisk.com/top-5-common-network-vulnerabilities-default-login-credentials/

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

10 Remedies to Improve Your Wi-Fi Speed

You have signed up for 100 Mbps speed Internet service and the painfully slow download speeds and mind blogging slow streams are killing you.


Don’t you wish you got the speed you need and are paying for? Well, we will share with you 10 reasons why you Wi-Fi speed stinks and how you can overcome it.



1. Time for a Speed Test


The first thing to check before going on a witch-hunt is if the speed is what you think you are receiving from the ISP. At times, you may sign up for a particular Internet speed, but the ISP has been providing you with a much lower speed than your said plan. Just go to speedtest.net to run a speed test. If the results are what you expected, then it’s time to find other reasons. And if the speed tests shows a much lower speed than your plan, then it’s time to call your network call center. They may need to upgrade you to the better deal and fix your problem of slow internet.


2. Hardware Troubles


Many times, the router you use may get outdated and the firmware does not match the latest Wi-Fi standard. The newest Wi-Fi standard is 802.11ac and 802.11n is a popular standard for routers. In case your router is still running on 802.11b or 802.11g standard, then it is time for a change of device.

3. It’s All About the Correct Channel


When you set up a router, it will automatically detect the least crowded channel. This becomes it’s default channel and will it will continue to work on it. However, the nearby homes, offices or neighbors may bring in their routers, which starts crowding the particular channel used by your router. This increase in traffic may slow down your Internet speed. Thus, it is wise to use InSSIDer or NirSoft software to check the Wi-Fi spectrum and find a less crowded channel.


4. Update the Firmware


You may have the latest router installed, yet you need to upgrade the firmware regularly. Many updates from the manufacture help in improving the bandwidth, feature set as well as resiliency to signals. Thus, visit the manufacturer’s website and check the updates for your router’s firmware.

5. Update the Wi-Fi Driver or Adapter


Just like the router’s firmware, at times, the USB or built in wireless adapter/driver needs an upgrade. The adapter or driver may not be able to communicate with the laptop or PC causing all the slow Internet problems. Upgrade your driver using online free tools such as Driver Talent that helps find the problem and even give a downloadable solution to update your drivers and adapters.

6. Check the Power Settings


Many routers have ‘power savings’ mode enabled in them by default. This tends to help to save a few milliwatts that in turn affects the bandwidth. So, go to the router’s settings and search for ‘Transmission Power’ or Eco modes. Turn these modes OFF. Also look for any kind of ‘Automatic Transmission’ settings. Turn it OFF as well as and keep it at 100%.

7. Measure the Distance 


At times, the distance between the wireless router as well as the wireless adapter can cause disturbance of speed. If there are concreate walls or furniture in the path of the router signals could hamper your Internet speed. You can try NetSpot for Mac or Heatmapper for Windows and track your Wi-Fi coverage at home as well as office. Thus, allowing you to find dark spots where the Internet speed is reduced.

8. Your PC Needs A Makeover

At times Wi-Fi signals are weak when the computer or the laptop has too much clutter installed on it or has become too old. It may be running well, but once the OS version is outdated, it will affect all the other programs including the Internet speed. So, time to declutter the computer by uninstalling programs and files. Or, maybe you should think of investing in a new computer or laptop.

9. Look Out for Freeloaders


It can be possible that the next-door kid has figured out your Wi-Fi password, or your mom has shared your password with the friendly neighbor next door. These freeloaders may be sucking out the bandwidth of your Internet connection by streaming HD movies, downloading large files or playing online games. Better change your Wi-Fi network password and be sure to make it strong. This will allow you to get rid of freeloaders who hog up your Internet speed.

10. Keep Away the Disturbances


Is your router placed over the refrigerator? Is there a microwave oven nearby your router? Or do you keep your mobile phones or tablets near your router? Well, many devices such as these as well as fairy lights, baby monitors, speakers, etc. tend to emit their own frequencies that interferers with your routers signals. This affects your Internet speed leading to a slower connection. Get rid of these interferences away from your router and observe if it does make difference to your Internet speed.
These are the 10 reasons why your Wi-Fi speed gives you a headache. You should try to look into these reasons and make sure your Internet speed improves.

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References:


1.https://www.itworld.com/article/2827249/networking/10-reasons-your-wi-fi-speed-stinks-and-what-you-can-do-about-it.html?page=2
2.https://www.techworld.com/picture-gallery/developers/14-reasons-your-wi-fi-speed-stinks-how-boost-wi-fi-signal-3633986/
3.https://websetnet.com/10-reasons-wi-fi-speed-stinks-boost-wi-fi-signal/
4.https://mjtkavanagh.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/10-reasons-your-wi-fi-speed-stinks/
5.https://lifehacker.com/top-10-ways-to-deal-with-a-slow-internet-connection-514138634