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Unfortunately, you cannot. Nowadays anyone can use a small portable device to create a bogus Wi-Fi network, so even if you know SSID (network name), you still cannot be sure you are connecting to the right access point. For instance, if the official network is "Berlin Airport Wi-Fi", anybody can create their own network named "Berlin Airport Wi-Fi", and ...


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At first, I thought it would be sort of difficult to answer this. The only options are hotel WiFi and 4G/LTE, and it's not always easy to do much about the speed of those. (Except for the fact that the speed given by various 4G/LTE carriers may vary, so you could check reviews of those before picking your carrier.) Then I remembered something called ...


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AT&T can't charge you to use WiFi. From the page you linked to, that's talking about a service where you connect to WiFi somewhere (like an airport) that you might normally have to pay for, and the provider of that WiFi has partnered with AT&T to allow AT&T customers to log in and use the WiFi. This does not affect your ability to connect to any ...


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I think that the websites are confusing terms. I have also seen this on AirBnb where places have separate checks for WiFi and Internet. I think that what they actually mean is: WiFi - non-wired internet access Internet - Wired internet access As someone who deals with computers on a daily basis for work, these types of bad definitions annoy the hell out ...


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Do not worry, Wifi pass phrases for personal use should only be in printable ASCII characters, in other words English characters. They do not support Unicode or other codepages. For more details check the Wikipedia's Wi-Fi Protected Access page. Except if you are redirected to a webpage for authentication, that's a whole different story and Karlson's ...


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I work at an airport in the UK. I would say that, unless the name of the public wifi is stated on advertising signage, the best thing to do is the ask a member of airport staff if there is anyone around, or head to the passenger information desk. I don't think there is any technical way to figure out which one is the official airport wifi. The airport's ...


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I actually know of a hotel, which has free WiFi but charges for Internet access. Through the free WiFi, you can access the hotel's internal entertainment system, order room service, check out, "call" the front desk, etc. But if you want to connect to the Internet, you have to pay an extra fee (which you can also book through the free WiFi). As soon as you ...


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While it's not a foolproof method, walking around and watching which network remains available is a way to figure out the official one if there are multiple possibilities. It's unlikely that an illegitimate network would be set up to cover the whole airport.


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This link to Zürich Airport handles your problem. How to log on Select the ZurichAirport WLAN network Launch the browser (e.g.: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, …) on the device A connection to the login page is created automatically Select „Register“ After registering, a code will be sent via text message Enter the code in the ...


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There are few workarounds in this situation : ask the front desk to allocate a room next to a WiFi hot spot. This will allow you to bypass coverage problems (from one room to another, the coverage will be drastically different). use the WiFi during low trafic period (this is good sense) so between 12 PM and 6 PM or in the middle of the night. buy a SIM card ...


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For Android depending on the model of your phone you may have to add Russian Language to the available keyboards. I have Galaxy S5 and under Settings -> Languages and Input you should be able to do this from the Galaxy App Store. You should be able to do the same for the iPad just add a Russian Language, which will allow you to switch to it and make the ...


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I am Russian and I never met a WiFi password in Cyrillic.


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Your device may support this automatically - Particularly for Android, but probably also for several other systems, you may see a notification to "sign into the network" or similar. Click or tap it, and your device will open a web browser. Surprisingly, this even works with some non-web devices such as the Nintendo Switch (which does not have a "regular" ...


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A simple trick to use - especially if browsing the web is very slow, is to change the DNS settings on your laptop for that WiFi connection. I generally use Google's public DNS servers which are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. You can also subscribe to a premium DNS service such as smartdns.com which also enables access to services that are geo-blocked in your area. ...


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Non-paranoid solution: Ask an airport employee or check the airport's website. Summary: While it's a good idea to be mindful about network security, joining the "official" WiFi network doesn't make your connection any more secure. Instead, use a VPN or stick to fully encrypted services, such as HTTPS websites. For more details, see the rest of the answer ...


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The Wi-Fi was surprisingly fast (6/6 Mbps, SpeedTest image below) and accessible reliably throughout the whole terminal. In 2017 it has also been comparably fast and reliable, with my friend reporting a 10 Mbps Speedtest.


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I can only speak for hostelworld.com which I use a lot, the difference there is pretty clear to me: Free WiFi This means Wireless LAN is available in the facility, but not necessarily everywhere. Often it's just in the lobby but not in the/all rooms. The WLAN is connected to the public internet, so if the guest has a device supporting WiFi, she can use it ...


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Here's a list of the 20 busiest German airports and whether they have free WiFi: Frankfurt - FRA - Yes Munich - MUC - Yes Düsseldorf - DUS - Yes (faster service at additional cost) Berlin Tegel - TXL - Yes Hamburg - HAM - Yes Cologne/Bonn - CGN - Yes Berlin Schönefeld - SXF - Yes Stuttgart - STR - Yes Hanover - HAJ - Yes Nuremberg - NUE - Yes Hahn - HHN - ...


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One trick is to look up the place on Foursquare - if people have checked in on wifi, it's a sign there's likely free internet, and often if the connection is poor, people comment on that on foursquare as well.


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The biggest problem with hotel wi-fi (and conference centre wi-fi) is us. Travelling nerds who need 2 or 3 IP addresses each (and try to do their work each evening while regular people are watching TV) typically bring these systems to their knees. I've had so many hotel people tell me they never get complaints like these the rest of the year, and I actually ...


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There are several. Two of the biggest are: http://www.openwifispots.com/ http://www.wififreespot.com/ Hope that helps! Another trick I figured out in Kazakhstan is to search for foursquare.com posts about wifi - for example, I was wondering if Astana airport had free wifi, and indeed, https://foursquare.com/venue/2442553 confirmed that it did, and that ...


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It's generally hard to find free WiFi in Germany; it's pretty much as you said and has something to do with the fact that the hotspot owner would be hold responsible for whatever his users or guests do or download on his network. There was a case about this a few years ago where some kid used his neighbors open wifi and downloaded movies or music - therefore ...


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It's available on most ICE routes, but not all. Cost wise there it's 4,95€ a day in standard class, though there's a small number of roaming partners with whom you can get online in standard class too (mostly T-Mobile Germany though). It used to be paid-for in first class as well, but as of late 2014, it's now free for first class customers (matching what ...


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Here is a clear case of the representative being asked a question they don't know the answer to. As others have pointed out, their training is minimal. They are not allowed to admit not knowing except in very extreme cases as that would be bad for the corporate image. If they say "It will be free" and is wrong, the customer (you) will be very very angry ...


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I can only tell you what I do. First, pick a chain of hotels and stick with them. I always stay at a certain band of hotels and this gives me the ability to know going in that I am less likely to have a problem. When I do have a problem, I have more barging power because I am an established customer. When there is a problem, you have three choices. Use ...


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Since 1 January 2017 there is Wi-Fi in all ICE-Trains. From DB-Homepage: In first class we offer you worry-free internet access. With the internet provided in first class you can work efficiently and even send and receive large mail attachments. You can also watch videos or listen to music. In second class you can use the internet for free, but ...


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Yes. DB, the German railway company, offers Wifi hotspot service at selected important stations which allow free surfing for 30 minutes. According to their page (in German; cannot find an English version), over 125 stations (listed there) offer the facilities; among them Munich central and Donnersbergerbrücke, Frankfurt central and Hauptwache and both cities’...


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Speaking from personal experience: Firstly, I assume I'll be spending some of that time in customs, getting my bag, being searched, probed and whatnot. If you are a US citizen, you'll probably spend about an hour with immigration and customs. If you're not, wait times could be up to four hours during a busy period, and that assumes you're not suspicious. ...


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Yes, at T1 (International Terminal) and T2 (Domestic Terminal). I was there in 2011 but can't remember the details (except that I did use internet connection at the airport). Anyway, Foursquare is a good memory aid, and several tips from 2011 and 2012 say there's indeed wifi available. February 10, 2012: Free wifi all over with the "FREE WIFI BY EXPEDIA ...


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Wifi is available on the majority of ICE trains (>90%), but it is not guaranteed to work (so you won't get a rebate in case it does not work). Also, Wifi is only available on certain tracks, as seen on this map. Whether you get Internet on your trip also depends on the route that you are taking. A short search at bahn.de reveals that most likely you will ...


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