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Old 27-07-2006, 11:48 AM
ROS ROS is offline
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Default Free WiFi in Cork

OK, evreyone now knows that there's free wifi to be had at the Lancaster Lodge and the Bodega. There's also talk of being able to sit in your car on the South Mall and piggyback on offices wifi.

If you do "borrow" wifi facilities on the Sth Mall, is there anyway you can get caught? In other words, if an office got pis*ed off with piggybackers, can it identify who has piggybaked on their wifi?
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Old 27-07-2006, 11:54 AM
lestat lestat is offline
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not really - it can give you the mac address of the network card you use to connect , but thats all.
most places in cork couldnt tell a mac address from a shit in a breeze
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:08 PM
Johnnie Gilles Johnnie Gilles is offline
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Aren't tons of places offering free access anyway... like all the shopping centers and mcdonalds and pubs and resturants and and and... is it a big secret?
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:17 PM
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Yeah, you're probably right. Haven't actually done this yet. There may be enough legit freebies out there that theres no need to piggyback at all. plus, sitting in car with laptop is sounds just too awkward to bother.
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:21 PM
Jim Comic Jim Comic is offline
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it'd be fierce handy if proc had a list of free wi-fi places in the city, maybe as a sticky in the tech forum.

it's a pain in the arse when places try to charge you for a voucher to use it as i don't have a credit card
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:44 PM
Proinsias Proinsias is offline
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If a commercial organisation hasn't got the nous to enable encryption on their network, they sure as hell aren't going to be able to track down anyone piggybacking on it.
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:46 PM
wingnut wingnut is offline
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Last year I often went into the city centre to avail of 'free' hopsot by sitting outside a certain office in the car. I decided to 'audit' the network security. Not only did they have open WiFi access they C drive on EVERY machine was shared!! Client info, P60s of employees etc!

I had a dilemma: do I tell them and loose my free acceess? I needed the access so I just kept the head down and kept surfing. Its a pity that Meshhopper network is so expensive. Surely it could be supported by advertising revenue or such.
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:52 PM
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well this one is handy
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Old 27-07-2006, 01:26 PM
mushypea mushypea is offline
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Thought you'd be able to get it in Dublin airport , but the cheap skates want you to pay by the hour!!
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Old 28-07-2006, 01:33 PM
ROS ROS is offline
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Have to agree with Wingnut. Why isn't there free access on Meshhopper??? Can't imagine there are too many people buying credit, so wouldn't it be better for them if it was cheap and popular, or free and very popular (and supported by ads)???

In the meantime, looks like I'll have to haul ass down to a shopping centre or the Bodega. Where is the fastest free wifi access in Cork, does anyone know?
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