Add it to the list of first world problems, but WiFi is ALWAYS a tricky grey area. Do you ask in Cafes? Do you ask your friends Mum? Do you give your wifi password out willy-nilly? Do you enforce limited bandwidth consumption? We’ve all wondered the above at least once before. We’ve put together five tips to make sure you’re always on the right side of nearest wifi network (and their administrators).
1. ASK NICELY
Simple, but don’t take wifi for granted. Unless advertised as free WiFi, the cafe/restaurant isn’t obligated to share their bandwidth with you. Use your manners and ask the nearest staff member, when they aren’t running plates or serving customers. Common sense and manners go a long way kids.
We mustn’t let our obsession with staying connected online impede on our ‘real-life’ relationships. For example, if you are at someones house to have coffee and catch up, best not request the password for your 45 minute visit. You are there to connect with each other, not your Instagram followers, so unless it’s dire, avoid offending and give your friend your full attention.
3. BE A PAYING CUSTOMER
Attention all moochers. I understand free public WiFi can be hard to come by and the data allowance from our service providers is rarely enough, but don’t skulk around cafes and restaurants leaching their wifi. Buy a coffee and sit down. Just a little give and take goes a long way.
4. LAPTOP HOBOS
Working in cafes can have us feeling very ‘Carrie Bradshaw’, but make sure you aren’t stepping on any toes with your coffee house, cyber action. Use their wifi and send your emails, but if they are packed to the rafters and all you purchased was a coffee, don’t push your luck. Even if the joint is far from buzzing, make sure you top up your coffee every half an hour or so. No one likes a leech.
6. BANDWIDTH BANDIT
Don’t be a dick about downloading files when using other peoples connections. If you are downloading movies, a raft of high resolution images or new software, perhaps do it at home. Don’t hog the megs, Cyber space does karma too.