View Full Version : Your Fav Wifi Spot

July 7th, 2006, 10:52 AM
If you are like me you can work from anywhere that has internet access, so where are your favorite spots to relax and work around Manhattan..

July 10th, 2006, 01:30 AM
You go first...

July 24th, 2006, 04:52 PM
I'm a fan of Bryant Park, depending on the hour (i.e., crowd size). Of course, I don't know enough about wi-fi spots in NYC yet to make a definitive answer.

July 24th, 2006, 06:43 PM
You go first...

I have to go wtih bryant park as well as its been the only place i goto really. I would like to find a nice indoor free place (is this possible)

Gregory Tenenbaum
August 1st, 2006, 07:36 AM
Apparently at the public libraries you can use Wifi for free, however, I'm not sure if the main library at 42nd Street has free wifi - anyone know?

Does any wifier out there know whether Union Square Park now has free wifi? It's supposed to. But does it?

September 13th, 2006, 05:28 PM
Looking at the network map at NYCwireless (http://www.nycwireless.net/), it looks like there's no city-sponsored free wifi.

And this site (http://www.wififreespot.com/ny.html) says the main Manhattan library has only limited wifi (but I think this is incorrect): "Main branch on 5th Ave at 41st St: WiFi only in Room 108 the Periodical room"

October 2nd, 2006, 11:50 PM
Check out the hotspot at the South Street Seaport. Admitted, you have to pass to the end of the hideous Pier 17 mall & through the 3rd floor food court, but once there it differs from outdoor the downtown alliance's other hotspots because it is indoors, good whenever the building is open, and when you look up from your screen, has a stunning view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

October 12th, 2006, 10:29 AM
I tend to hang with my laptop at DT-UT on the UES (2nd and 85th).

Good coffee, relaxed atmosphere (except when the Mommy-and-me brigades take over) and free wi-fi.


October 13th, 2006, 01:27 PM
Where are the signals coming from in those places?

March 28th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Beware the "Evil Twin" Wi-Fi Hotspot

By Christopher Null (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null;_ylt=AkJ.4zLWM.mX7fE2TmRvhnEsLpA5)- Yahoo! Tech Advisor
The Working Guy (Blog)
March 20, 2007

Hop into Starbucks or an airport terminal and you may find yourself tempted by the inexpensive Wi-Fi service offered. Fire up your computer, browse the wireless networks available, and maybe you'll jump on a network named "tmobile" or "wayport" or some other common name among Wi-Fi service providers. Sure enough, your browser pulls up a page asking for your credit card information... or maybe you'll find yourself with "free" access to the internet. Surprise: You might have just been punk'd by a hacker.

Such is the case of the "evil twin" hotspot, a rising danger for users who rely on public hotspots for internet access. The trick is simple: A hacker just creates a hotspot with the same name (or a very similar one) as a legitimate hotspot nearby, hoping to dupe web surfers into connecting to the hacker hotspot instead of the legitimate one. The goal is the usual fare: Collect user names, passwords, credit card numbers. All the good stuff.

The Los Angeles Times notes that such lookalike networks are on the rise (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AqGMbxzIsjYdUKtSqaRiJ2UsLpA5/SIG=13aed3a8q/**http%3A//www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wifihack16mar16,0,4434812,full.story%3Fcoll=la-home-headlines), and though this scam has been around for many years, it seems to be rising in popularity. My hunch? Wireless routers have better range than ever before, and it's practically child's play to set up a harvesting web site to dupe people into giving up their personal information. And since your laptop will automatically connect to any network you've connected to in the past (Windows thinks any network named "linksys" is the same network no matter where you go), people can be duped by evil twin hotspots without ever knowing it.

So what can you do about it? Sadly, not a lot, and all that security software on your laptop won't help you one bit if you willingly connect to one of these hotspots. As with most scams, diligence is your best ally: Learn what legitimate hotspot web pages look like. Hackers rarely make a perfect copy. If you encounter anything out of the ordinary, disconnect from the hotspot immediately. Tell the manager of the establishment you're trying to connect to that something funny is going on. They may not do anything about it, but hopefully they'll call the cops and encourage them to track down the signal.


March 29th, 2007, 08:55 AM
Sad part is, these guys could probably just get away with charging reasonable rates for a hotspot rather than having Starbucks and the others get them.

The only cheat being that they probably would not have to pay any required licensing fees or taxes on the income, unlike other hotspot providers....