Wifi in India

#1 May 12th, 2017, 17:51
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Hi!
I'll be going to India for the first time on my own this summer and I was just wondering whether most hostels/restaurants have wifi? I don't really want to bother with the hassle of getting a SIM card as I'm only there for 4 weeks, but I still want to be able to keep in touch with friends and family!
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#2 May 12th, 2017, 17:59
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Dunno about most hostels but most restaurants will not have wifi for customers. Many hotels will, and so will places like Starbucks and such in metro cities.

Of course, you could always ask hostels (if needed) and restaurants if they will let you use their wifi for a short while. I haven't done so, but I am sure some will be happy to help you out.
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Around 100 railway stations in India have free wifi. Also read Wifi Hotspots In India ~ Please Add To The List
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Use good security software!!
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In my visit to India, late last year, WIFI was readily available in guesthouses and cafes in areas where most of the customers were foreign tourists e.g. Goa beaches, Delhi Paharganj, Pushkar, McLeodganj. WIFI was usually free or very cheap, if sometimes slow.

Starbucks in Delhi asked for an Indian phone number, as a security measure perhaps. As I was using Skype and Messenger to speak with friends and hadn't troubled to obtain a local SIM I couldn't use the Starbuck's WIFI.
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post Of course, you could always ask hostels (if needed) and restaurants if they will let you use their wifi for a short while. I haven't done so, but I am sure some will be happy to help you out.
I wouldn't. At least, not unless I maintained a ring-fenced guest network for the purpose.

Major security issues!

Get the hell off my network! Not that anybody is going to be on it: I tell you what: I'll tell you the seventh and the eighteenth characters in the password to get you started. Real hackers, of course, wouldn't need that.
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So true, firewalls, malware protection, virus protection, VPN..
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Just as much - try to update your router firmware and change the admin password.

Every year I go India, I find my parents' BSNL router hijacked. They only use it FaceTime with me, so it's not a huge thing, but not good. Visited their neighbor who had heard of the infection. Looked into their's and that too was infected - and they do banking transactions, etc. on it. Told BSNL folks to start changing the admin passwords, but they ignored me - aaray Sir, India mein aise hi hota hai (Sir, this is how it goes in India).... BTW - I could not figure out how to update the firmware on their router anyway...
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Had my shona baba review this thread and he said the only absolute safety is in shutting your system down. In short, safety has to be weighed against keeping the system going. He said if you have an old router or use the ancient standards mentioned early on in this thread he has a program to break into it always on his laptop..
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For 200 rupees (345 Y, 3$) I getted maybe 3GB in Cochin ? My driver was so helpful in arrange from small shop. I use my mobile as portable hotspot for my ipad and macbook air.

All places we stayed was wifi but not always good.

Please use VPN for email and other actions.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I wouldn't. At least, not unless I maintained a ring-fenced guest network for the purpose.
Why would anyone, in this era not use a VPN ? All my mobile devices are condomized !

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