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Making The Most Of Free Wi-Fi At McDonald’s

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Free Internet access in the main bar

Free Internet access in the main bar

On my last visit to Albury, I found that the Commercial Club, in Dean Street Albury, was offering free wireless internet access.  Upon enquiry, I was told it was available in the main bar and is strongest over near the fireplace.  Now, that should be handy when I next get dragged out when Pauline goes to the pokies.

Now, Lifehacker reports that McDonald’s rollout of free Wi-Fi offers a useful on-the-road option if you need connectivity in a hurry, but there’s some catches to be aware of like family filtering and limited site blocking.

According to a schedule published recently at OzBargain, the free option is already operational at company-owned stores across Australia, and at franchised stores in NSW and the ACT. Other franchised stores should all be in place by mid-March (there’s no obvious way I know of to tell a franchised from a company-owned store other than asking on site).

Wodonga  gets in on free Wii Fi

Wodonga offers Wii Fi free to it's residents

Thousands of Wodonga residents will have access to free internet within weeks when the chamber of commerce brings a new WiFi service to the city. The deal with Sydney-based internet service provider myKP will see eight small radio receivers dotted around the city on landmarks such as the water tower and the roof of the council chambers.

Expected coverage areas included Gateway Island, the central city and up Beechworth Road to the showgrounds, Centro Shopping Centre, Melbourne Road and the area around Mol­oney Drive, homes surrounding Edwards Tavern, Western Park, parts of Federation Park and Country Club Estate, Cambourne Park, Sanctuary Gardens, Willow Park and around the Blazing Stump Hotel.

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Written by Greg Naylor

19 January 2009 at 11:26 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Wodonga’s move is brilliant. I wonder if Alpine council or Bright Chamber of Commerce will do the same for Bright? Oh, hang on, what a stupid thought.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    20 January 2009 at 1:31 pm

  2. They’ll probably make money out of the deal, selling advertising to pay for it. Think about it, people use the free wifi instead of paying for a connection, well they’ll be exposed to your adverts 24/7. I’m hoping it reaches my place, I have a couple of ideas I’d just love to piggy back onto a local network 😛

    McDonalds here in Wodonga are already advertising the free wifi, but it won’t be implemented until mid feb!

    Kieran Bennett

    20 January 2009 at 1:35 pm

  3. Kieran: As I understand it, upon logon you get a paid advertisement from wodonga retailers.
    Ray: It would be a great way for ‘Save Bright’ and/or the ‘Cittislow’ supporters to brainwash the masses … but then again, that could be seen as progress 😉

    Greg Naylor

    20 January 2009 at 2:19 pm

  4. They wouldn’t have the brains (or the money) to set it up, Greg. Fantastic development though and, hopefully, more towns will implement this idea. I agree that the ads might be a pain but then again, we put up with them on ‘free to air’ TV so why not on ‘free to air’ internet? Way to go, I say.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    20 January 2009 at 10:11 pm

  5. They wouldn’t have the brains (or the money) to set it up, Greg.

    It’s not technically that difficult, but yes, it does require some cash. But a system doesn’t need to be comprehensive, I’m surprised that every business with a net connection hasn’t bought a cheap transponder (check out meraki.com) broadcast their connection a couple of hundred metres, and used it to advertise to whomever connects to it.

    Kieran Bennett

    21 January 2009 at 1:39 pm

  6. well know body no what happen next.

    Hussin Streamyx

    29 December 2009 at 3:10 am


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