Smashing Apps brought WeFi to my attention. I’ve downloaded the software, had a  trial play and so far, so good – I like it.

From the WeFi website –

It’s all about Wi-Fi

If you’re tired of clicking around trying different Wi-Fi connections to find one that works – You want WeFi.

WeFi on laptops

WeFi is software loaded onto your laptop or mobile device. It automatically detects and qualifies all Wi-Fi access points within range and connects you to the spot with the best Internet connection. If the WeFi software detects a new access point, it allows you to be the first to map it. WeFi also provides you with Instant-Messaging tools, allowing you to create a buddy list, and to see where your friends are currently connected.

WeFi is community driven – each person using WeFi plays a part in growing the network. It will not take much to create a global network of FREE Wi-Fi connectivity. And when we do, we all get to enjoy using the internet whenever and wherever we want! So tell a friend – tell them all – and help map the world.

How does it work?

WeFi on mobile

User A tries to connect in a previously “un-WeFied” territory. The software quickly finds the best available connection. This information is then sent to the WeFi server.

When user B tries to connect, the WeFi software uses the connectivity data already gathered, saving her time and effort.

As more users join, more WiFi data is collected and mapped. This helps everyone find free WiFi more easily.

The world’s WiFi is being mapped (by our users), creating a global virtual wireless network…

WeFi’s Line of Products

WeFi Mobile

Currently supporting windows mobile, with other platforms soon to be released. It allows the user to connect to WiFi effectively, while maintaining efficient battery consumption.

WeFi Laptop Software

Currently operating on Windows XP, Vista and Mac, this software provides an automatic and easy connection, enables people to chat with other users in their area and see where their friends are connected.

WeFi WebWeFi Web

Puts WeFi on the map. Shows where open WiFi is available, and where people are connected. Users can “export” their location to other services, such as Facebook and twitter through WeFi mash-ups.

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I searched for wifi connections in Melbourne (I knew, of course, that Australia on Collins, City Library, & the State Library, all offer wifi so I knew what some results should be)

Unfortunately it appears that there is no free wifi near where I live. But still I think this is useful software – especially when I’m out and about with the eeepc.

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