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James
23rd June 2006, 11:35 PM
In the US and Europe many cities are setting up free wifi zones.

Here we have Tel$tra with the most expensive wifi in the world ($13.50 per hour, $5/15min flagfall) :angry:

Are there ANY free wifi hotspots in Melbourne?

ClockWork
24th June 2006, 12:09 AM
Melbourne CBD & Central:

CBD - "Food Inc" cafe, Menzies Alley, Elizabeth St entrance
Phone: 03 9663 3660

CBD - "Stray Katz", McKillop St, btwn Hardware Lane & Little Collins Street
Phone: ?? (NOT CONFIRMED)

FITZROY - "Joe's Garage", 366 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065
Phone: 03 9419 9944

ST KILDA - "Wagamama", 60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Phone: 03 9534 6777 (NOT CONFIRMED)

CBD - "Australia on Collins" Food Court, 260 Collins Street

cheers

CW

Asher Tuzza
24th June 2006, 12:30 AM
heaps - there is a pub on the corner of little burke
theres heaps - best to check the melbourne wireless site http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/ i think

cheers

James
24th June 2006, 11:16 AM
Thanks, CW and AT.

Now to pack up the trusty PB and venture forth in search of bandwidth... :D

patcanuck
24th June 2006, 11:44 AM
AirStumbler, iStumbler, MacStumbler can produce some surprising results if you keep them running while walking or driving around :)

titan44
24th June 2006, 11:51 AM
yep there is "free" wireless all around, i am still amazed how may people don't lock down there AP's.

DJY
25th June 2006, 11:14 AM
This is often a question I ponder over...

Maybe we should set up a Stickie / Pinned thread with known Free WiFi locations in each capital city?

Would be great for travellers, people who go close to their monthly download limits, city workers, students when they are away from Uni / Campus / School etc.

What do people think?

I'm heading over to Adelaide this week for work - and hoping my hotel doesn't stab me too much for access!

decryption
25th June 2006, 11:23 AM
MagNation near the corner of Elizabeth & Collins has free wireless too :)

cactus68
18th September 2007, 02:20 PM
We are heading to Melbourne this Thursday for 2 weeks holidays woohoo.
I have asked the hotel we are staying at about internet connection in the room...
the reply......

"We have wireless internet broadband access in the room - the costs are 55 cents per min or cap $ 27.50 per day"

nearly passed out....WTF

so with this free wifi in Melb what do we do just switch on the lappy and see what comes up in our connect to wireless list when close to the locations above. Is that it?

I'll download AirStumbler, iStumbler, MacStumbler as well, never know what you might even pick up in the hotel!!!!

decryption
18th September 2007, 02:30 PM
so with this free wifi in Melb what do we do just switch on the lappy and see what comes up in our connect to wireless list when close to the locations above. Is that it?


That's it :)

If you get desperate, most places in the CBD have Telstra hot-spots where you can pay a certain fee (or have it charged to your mobile) and you can get internet access. Just look for the SSID "Telstra CBD", connect and try to go to a website. It will take you to a Telstra page and ask for payment details.

Goodbye
18th September 2007, 02:35 PM
Yay for MagNation! I was in there everyday when I was in Melbourne. I couldn't seem to connect to the Australia on Collins wifi though :\

jubilantjeremy
18th September 2007, 02:37 PM
Coconut WiFi is a great little app (http://www.coconut-flavour.com/coconutwifi/index.html); it shows a little bubble in the menubar which indicates if there are any open (green), secured (orange) or no (red) wifi networks around. It can also display the number of networks next to the bubble :) Or use the black-and-white icon set instead of the coloured bubbles...

Clicking the icon gives you a list of networks, their strengths and the type of encryption - brilliant!

Jeremy

morn
18th September 2007, 02:50 PM
What, 5 locations? Sigh, this is an occasion that calls for government intervention....

mwot
18th September 2007, 02:51 PM
the State Library also has free wi-fi ... though you need to apply for a library card (which is free) and are restricted to two areas of the library complex. all other areas have a payment service, run by OPTUS, i believe.

i've been in MagNation a few times and noticed people perched at the counters there with their Macbooks... nice to know the wireless is free there too :)

toholio
18th September 2007, 03:01 PM
Here's a Google Map with push pins at the locations so far (http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=104307804257093443678.00043a618132e100b2368&z=13&om=1).

Don't get carried away though, I'm not going to keep updating it forever.

I have recently started a new rails based web app just for geocoding and tagging points of interest. It probably wont have any more work done on it until after October though.

Peter Wells
18th September 2007, 03:07 PM
i see your google maps and i raise you sir:

The Googles. (http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109990278898059973857.00043728f047234b280ff&ll=-37.814937,144.964256&spn=0.055025,0.038571&om=1&source=embed)

NORMANDY
18th September 2007, 03:17 PM
i see your google maps and i raise you sir:

The Googles. (http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109990278898059973857.00043728f047234b280ff&ll=-37.814937,144.964256&spn=0.055025,0.038571&om=1&source=embed)

well done, so what do these spots let you do, just surf? or do they let you do other funky stuff too, ichat/skype? get podcasts from itunes?

Peter Wells
18th September 2007, 03:19 PM
well done, so what do these spots let you do, just surf? or do they let you do other funky stuff too, ichat/skype? get podcasts from itunes?

there are descriptions on some of the better hotspots.

my personal faves are either e55 or magnation, both let you do just about anything (including ftp to your site!) and are superfast, aswell as having groovy tunes and nice workers.

the rest are only really good for browsing and email..

decryption
18th September 2007, 03:20 PM
well done, so what do these spots let you do, just surf? or do they let you do other funky stuff too, ichat/skype? get podcasts from itunes?

Most of them are just hooked up to an ADSL connection - you can do whatever you want providing port forwarding isnt' required (i.e: iChat AV, Bittorrent)

cactus68
18th September 2007, 03:23 PM
that's great people, thanks for the info.
We are staying at Southbank so we will walk to Elizabeth St Collins St end and use the wifi around there, grab a coffee and take it all in.

harps
18th September 2007, 03:38 PM
I know the airport now has free wireless internet!
This may be old news to some but I discovered this during recent travels. In the past you had to pay via Telstra billing your mobile phone. (My mobile is work provided so technically free to me).

NORMANDY
18th September 2007, 03:48 PM
This is often a question I ponder over...

Maybe we should set up a Stickie / Pinned thread with known Free WiFi locations in each capital city?

Would be great for travellers, people who go close to their monthly download limits, city workers, students when they are away from Uni / Campus / School etc.

What do people think?

I'm heading over to Adelaide this week for work - and hoping my hotel doesn't stab me too much for access!

GOOD IDEA! I am off to Sydney soon, staying in the CBD.. I would like to know whats around darling harbor that is free... as the hotel wants 27 bucks a day for broadband.. (what a rip off)

froggy
18th September 2007, 03:55 PM
I'm not in Melbourne, so my details might not be correct.

Is there a small shopping centre on the south side of the river just next to the St Kilda Rd bridge? If I have the correct location, there's a small record shop upstairs which advertises free wi-fi. I went in and asked what the deal was. "No deal. We just provide, and you can use."

Sounded good to me!

Cheers,
Andrew

SyncMan
18th September 2007, 04:51 PM
http://www.garethtownsend.info/free-wifi-in-melbourne/