Wifi_ScreenshotOnshape runs on mobile devices with full design capabilities. While you get remarkable performance over 4G LTE cellular networks, you will want to save on data costs by finding public WiFi hotspots. Not surprisingly, there are great apps to help.

I recently downloaded the free version of WiFi Map from the Apple App Store and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of public WiFi available in my town. Now while I wait for my kids to finish their swim lessons, I am online designing in Onshape.

WiFi Map is very straight forward to use and runs on both iOS and Android. You can use your current location, or specify a destination and the app will list and plot the known networks in the area. You can improve the list by adding any networks that are not yet known. There is a premium version which shares passwords to other hotspots, but I am finding the free version and public WiFi are meeting my Onshape needs.

And if you don’t have free access to WiFi at one of your favorite hangouts, you might want to check again tomorrow.

According to industry statistics, the number of worldwide hotspots has recently more than quadrupled – from 1.3 million in 2011 to 5.69 million in 2014. Over the next five years, ABI Research projects the number of public WiFi sites to reach 13.3 million.

Are you a baseball fan? With games now dragging on longer than ever before, there is plenty of time to pull out your tablet or phone in between innings for some CAD.

Major League Baseball this spring announced they will have free Internet access at all 30 ballparks. At Detroit’s Comerica Park, for example, they just spread 600 WiFi access points throughout the stadium, including the seating areas, the concession stands and even the children’s carousel (which features, you guessed it, tigers!).

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, is part of the Major League Baseball plan to have public Internet access at all 30 ballparks this season.

Granted, you might not want to be doing work when the bases are loaded in the top of the 9th inning, but how great would be to take advantage of that 15 minutes waiting in line for a beer?

WiFi is also showing up in the most unexpected places. Check out this high-tech rickshaw in Karachi, Pakistan. Replacing the traditional human pedal-powered models, these WiFi-enabled rickshaws are a marketing vehicle for Pakistani mobile carrier Ufone:


Public WiFi – and by extension Onshape Mobile – is now available in more places in the world than ever before.

Where’s the most unexpected place you’ve found free public Internet access?

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