Accessing WiFi Hotspots
As West Virginia University moves online for classes beginning March 30, some students may find accessing reliable internet poses a challenge.
Public options – such as WiFi hotspots – may help bridge that gap for connectivity.
Below is a list of ideas that could make getting access to the internet a little easier.
- Xfinity is offering free access to its hotspots across the country. If your neighbor has an Xfinity connection, you may be able to log on as a guest - including non-Xfinity Internet customers. Xfinity has a map of all their hotspot locations.
- Take advantage of the WiFi provided by restaurants and coffee shops nearest you. Order your favorite meal or coffee, sit outside and log into your class. (Maybe let them know you’re doing online courses and aren’t just sitting outside all day). There are a lot of chain options that offer free WiFi such as McDonald’s and Starbucks. Most are clearly advertised on the doors and windows. Be sure to contact local businesses as well, to check on their access to customers. ( Try apps like WiFi Map for a more thorough search of WiFi availability in your area.)
- If getting out of your house just isn’t an option try using your cell phone as a WiFi hotspot. Make sure your provider allows this as an option, and that you have enough data before incurring extra charges. Here's a general explainer, though your device options may vary.
- Contact your neighbor (from a safe distance, of course - we're social distancing!). Explain why you may need access to their network. Ask if you could potentially use their network connection. (Just don’t spend the rest of your day using it for Netflix and gaming).