Wifi map – update

You may remember that at the weekend I wrote about a new wifi hotspot map i’d put together for Cardiff. It took me 30 mins, and zero stress. And I don’t have any particular technical web skills to speak of.

Well, within an hour or so of finishing and telling the world about it, two friends had set up maps in exactly the same way for their towns (Exeter and Bristol). It gave me an idea for a truly user generated, UK wide wifi map where the regional maps are owned by the people that set them up, allowing them to promote them independently, and take all the credit in their local web community. So I set up www.wifi-in-uk.co.uk to act as the portal, and have already had a Birmingham map added to the fold.

I’m looking for people to set up maps all over the country. If you’re interested, then head over to here and you could have a map for your town in a matter of minutes.

Just goes to show – with about 2 or 3 hours work in total, you can easily get web ideas up and running. Even without any technical know-how….

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12 thoughts on “Wifi map – update

  1. Benjamin Partridge 13 January, 2009 — 7:41 pm

    Hi Neil,

    Great job with the Cardiff map.

    The Londonist blog has a London wifi map that you could put on your UK wide site:

    http://londonist.com/2007/05/free_wifi_in_lo.php

    Benjamin

  2. Benjamin Partridge 13 January, 2009 — 7:41 pm

    Hi Neil,

    Great job with the Cardiff map.

    The Londonist blog has a London wifi map that you could put on your UK wide site:

    http://londonist.com/2007/05/free_wifi_in_lo.php

    Benjamin

  3. Benjamin Partridge 13 January, 2009 — 7:41 pm

    Hi Neil,

    Great job with the Cardiff map.

    The Londonist blog has a London wifi map that you could put on your UK wide site:

    http://londonist.com/2007/05/free_wifi_in_lo.php

    Benjamin

  4. Hi Ben,

    Yes, somebody else pointed that out to me too. I’m considering contacting them with a view to adding it, but I’m wondering whether it would be better to have a fresh one so that we have uniformity accross the site? Difficult to know, i think! 🙂

    Anyway, really appreciate you getting in touch. Thanks!

  5. Hi Ben,

    Yes, somebody else pointed that out to me too. I’m considering contacting them with a view to adding it, but I’m wondering whether it would be better to have a fresh one so that we have uniformity accross the site? Difficult to know, i think! 🙂

    Anyway, really appreciate you getting in touch. Thanks!

  6. Hi Ben,

    Yes, somebody else pointed that out to me too. I’m considering contacting them with a view to adding it, but I’m wondering whether it would be better to have a fresh one so that we have uniformity accross the site? Difficult to know, i think! 🙂

    Anyway, really appreciate you getting in touch. Thanks!

  7. Out of interest, what your theory on ‘what wi-fi hotspots should be included on the maps’

    Obviously the advertised free/pay zones should be included, but what about misconfigured routers that are left open?

    I was sat on the bus on the Gloucester Rd in Bristol the other day and picked up over 300 wi-fi signals over the course of about a mile using wi-fi-fo-fum on my iPhone many of which were open for connection – some of which may be configured this way deliberately, others by mistake (or at least I’m assuming the network with the SSID ‘Seriously, change the dfefault password on this’ wasn’t supposed to be called this

  8. Out of interest, what your theory on ‘what wi-fi hotspots should be included on the maps’

    Obviously the advertised free/pay zones should be included, but what about misconfigured routers that are left open?

    I was sat on the bus on the Gloucester Rd in Bristol the other day and picked up over 300 wi-fi signals over the course of about a mile using wi-fi-fo-fum on my iPhone many of which were open for connection – some of which may be configured this way deliberately, others by mistake (or at least I’m assuming the network with the SSID ‘Seriously, change the dfefault password on this’ wasn’t supposed to be called this

  9. Out of interest, what your theory on ‘what wi-fi hotspots should be included on the maps’

    Obviously the advertised free/pay zones should be included, but what about misconfigured routers that are left open?

    I was sat on the bus on the Gloucester Rd in Bristol the other day and picked up over 300 wi-fi signals over the course of about a mile using wi-fi-fo-fum on my iPhone many of which were open for connection – some of which may be configured this way deliberately, others by mistake (or at least I’m assuming the network with the SSID ‘Seriously, change the dfefault password on this’ wasn’t supposed to be called this

  10. Hey Sam.

    It has generated some discussion already. As they’re truly user-generated, I’m loathe to say it’s up to me. But I don’t think it would be something to encourage, purely because of the legal ramifications if somebody uses a connection we map to do something naughty….

  11. Hey Sam.

    It has generated some discussion already. As they’re truly user-generated, I’m loathe to say it’s up to me. But I don’t think it would be something to encourage, purely because of the legal ramifications if somebody uses a connection we map to do something naughty….

  12. Hey Sam.

    It has generated some discussion already. As they’re truly user-generated, I’m loathe to say it’s up to me. But I don’t think it would be something to encourage, purely because of the legal ramifications if somebody uses a connection we map to do something naughty….

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