WifiMapper

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Name
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WifiMapper
Tool Class
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Wifi Mapping, Internet Access
Developer
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OpenSignal
Date Created
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2015
Still Maintained?
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Yes
Open Source?
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iOS, Android
Website
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https://www.wifimapper.com/
Payment Structure
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free
Languages Supported
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English
Skill Level Needed
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  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Beginner

Tool Description

WifiMapper is a free Global Wi-Fi database listing 3 million free hotspots. The tool uses crowdsourced information to generate a map of hotspots and explain whether they are free to use, what sort of establishment supports them (a restaurant, cafe, school, etc). The ultimate goal is to help users understand how they can obtain Internet Connectivity through knowing where and how they can achieve Internet Connectivity. The developer lists the following features:

"✓ Map of nearby free Wi-Fi hotspots

✓ Foursquare and WifiMapper comments - get more information about the hotspot venue

✓ Help improve the database - tell the community about the Wi-Fi

✓ View a history of all the wifi points you’ve connected to and see how well they performed (Android only!)

✓ Login with email or Google+ to comment, classify hotspots

✓ Filter hotspots by wifi type (free, paid), or place type (eg. coffee shot hotspots)

✓ Help crowdsource: by using the app you help map more free wifi points"


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By default, users automatically contribute to this database. The app runs even when the user does not have it open and collects information about wifi hotspots he or she passes. Afterwards, users have the ability to manually enter further information about it. As of 9/2016, the developers are working on the following features:

"★ Password sharing (not yet in app!) - a way of sharing passwords securely, get access to password protected hotspots without having to type. For the moment you can share passwords to public free wifi in the comments

★ Full offline maps for cities, for now the app caches recently viewed hotspots so you can look for wifi, turn off data and still be able to see the hotspots you found

★ Leaderboards to brag about how many Wifi points you have discovered, you can’t see this information yet but the edits and comments you make now will count to the totals. Get contributing!"

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

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