State of Michigan Launches Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

· Andrew Orr · Link

woman holding up a sign with the Wi-Fi symbol cut out of it.

In partnership with Connected Nation Michigan, the State of Michigan released a free online map of free Wi-Fi hotspots for citizens who don’t have easy access to broadband (although the tool is there to use even if you do have your own internet).

“This pandemic has shown a real need to tackle the barriers of access, adoption, and affordability to fully enable the opportunities that the internet makes possible,” Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said. “If we are going to close the Internet gap, we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can in the interim to expand access to existing broadband options for communities where it’s not readily available or affordable.”

It’s nice to see such a great tool from my state.

Bypass SSL to Authenticate With Hotel and Coffee Shop Wi-Fi

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Many public Wi-Fi networks require you to agree to some terms in order to connect. Sometimes, though, getting that page of agreement up can be very difficult. It gets even more difficult when you’re authenticating for the second (or fifteenth!) time. It seemed to us that this was getting worse and worse lately, and the answer is often SSL. Listen to this Mac Geek Gab Highlight to learn how to use a URL like neverssl.com (or even captive.apple.com) to bypass SSL in order to trigger the network’s portal page to display.

Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK – Mac Geek Gab 679

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!

iOS: What To Do When Your Public Wi-Fi Won't Connect All the Way

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific, when they work. Unfortunately, sometimes they get hung up and won’t deliver the proper login page. Jeff Butts shows you what to do when your favorite public Wi-Fi hotspot won’t connect to the internet, and you really want to get back to surfing the web.