There seem to be more and more free Wi-Fi hotspots available around us - until we really need one, that is. Finding one then is much like rummaging for a needle in a haystack. Typical.
And how do you know your say to browse using a public connection anyway? And how are you supposed to know if its up to speed for all of your internet needs?
Whether you're travelling, a freelancer looking for a good spot to set up office for the day, or want to know how and where to get online near you, the following 9 iOS apps will help you stay connected to Wi-Fi, wherever you are.
wiMAN is a free Wi-Fi manager that can display a map of all your local Wi-Fi networks, along with estimates of distance (x minutes by foot/ car), and flagging them as "verified" (another wiMAN user has connected), "authentication provided" (another user has connected but you need a user name/ password) or "not verified" (no-one has connected yet).
wiMAN boasts coverage of over 7 million networks worldwide, includes offline map functionality, and even speed tests so you can check your chosen connection is upto to what you need.
If you travel a lot, then you'll probably rely on your hotel's Wi-Fi to keep you connected. Hotel Wifi Test is a crowd-sourced Wi-Fi analyzer app that can let you know how good a hotel's Wif-Fi connection is, before you go ahead and book.
Simple and quick to use, the app also has a basic speed test function that you can perform on the spot, user reviews, and even additional info about the hotel itself. If you find a hotel you like, you can go directly from the app to book a room via hotels.com
Freelancers and digital nomads will all tell you that it takes more than decent Wi-Fi to make a good work spot. The fabulous WHA app provides a crowd-sourced directory of the best places to work, from cafes and bars, to hotels and co-working spaces.
Well designed, the app doesn't just rate internet speed and connectivity: users can also leave ratings based on price, space availability, power outlets, parking, and more.
Osmino Wi-Fi by RIWW lets you find WiFi hotspots around you - just about anywhere in the whole world. You'll be able to see WiFi points on the map and filter them too (by their reviews, whether they are public or not, or if they are password protected, etc.).
You can also get directions on Google Maps to your chosen WiFi point, and even test the download speed of each location.
With the rollout of free Wi-Fi in more places across the nation than ever before, users face the inherent danger of having a techie or a hacker sniff out your private information while you’re browsing the web either at the airport or at your local McDonald’s. Cloak - Super Simple VPN looks to keep you safe online while you’re using a free Wi-Fi hotspot, making sure your navigation history remains absolutely private.
It's so simple to use; just open up the app and you’re instantly protected. Lightweight, multi-language support for non-English speakers, and it looks pretty damn good too.
WiFi Map — Passwords for free wireless internet access in public places hotspots. Good alternative for roaming.
WiFi Map is probably one of the most useful apps for travelers who cannot be without internet connection. You can quickly and easily find open WiFi Hotspots all over the world on a map, and there’s also a list of crowd-sourced passwords which the users can add to directly. WiFi Map boasts one of the biggest WiFi databases going.
There's a ton of info about the business providing the Wi-Fi access (whether it’s a coffee shop, a hotel, a supermarket, etc.), and you can even download city maps so you can still see hotspots, even when you aren’t connected.
Need decent Wi-Fi you know you can rely on? Want to make sure you're getting all of the bandwidth you're paying for? In one tap, and in less than 30 seconds, Speedtest.net Speed Test will test and diagnose nearby network connections, giving you a comprehensive performance breakdown.
The test will track the ping, download and upload speeds, and display them on a speedometer. In preferences, you can set the display speed in kbps, mbps or kB/s, sort by history date, download or upload. What's more, it’ll show your internal and external IP and the latitude and longitude.