Free and Fast WiFi?

At some point I am going to need to upload my photos, and the EDGE network is not going to cut it. Where in SF can I get free and fast WiFi? I thought I read something about google doing a wireless network somewhere around the city. Actually a wired connection would work, as long as it is fast. If all else fails, I’m sure there are a couple of internet cafe’s with good fast connections. My server sits on a 100Mbit connection in Downtown LA, so the fatter the pipe tube the better.

8 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    WiFi is pretty thick on the ground in the City. If you have a particular neighborhood in mind, people might be able to give more detailed recommendations, but I’d just go into a few coffee shops and either ask or open up your laptop and check for networks. Also, many branches of the San Francisco Public Library are equipped with WiFi.

    Actually, I’m kinda surprised your hotel doesn’t have it–have you asked? It might only be available in certain areas.

  2. sf_mark (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Yeah, I was going to say your hotel.

    Lots and lots of the cafes in the city have free wifi — especially if you venture outside the tourist areas. Of course, it might not be the “fat” connection you want, but you did say free.

  3. eecue (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    Yeah we have wireless in our hotel, it just isn’t free. And the upstream connection speed is probably not super fast.

  4. Anna (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    It really varies from cafe to cafe- I’d go to one where there aren’t a lot of people. Like, NOT Ritual Roasters. But Mission Creek, on the same block- OK. Starbucks is pretty bad, last time I used it. If you’re in Union Sqaure, there’s a good cafe right on Bush at Kearny- called the Golden Gate Perk. I’ve also worked at Chamelon, Cafe Sapore, Caffe Roma, etc.

  5. tharpo (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    I hate to tell you, but the citywide wireless plan is for extremely slow speeds. The intent is to get wireless out to everyone in the city, to help the poor people, not the mobile workers. You won’t be able to give up Ritual, I’m afraid.

  6. rabbit (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 10:40 am
  7. eecue (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    For some reason, the wireless internet at my hotel is now free… before it tried to get me to sign up, but hey I guess I’m good to go now.

  8. Bruce Wolfe (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 6:01 am

    Did you know that Google is a primary FON principal owner? Is this just another way to squiggle into SF to get you on their network?

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