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Top 10 Free Wifi Hot Spots Around Pittsburgh

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WiFi hot spots -- places where you can pick up a wireless Internet connection on your laptop or PDA -- are pretty easy to find in Pittsburgh. Coffee houses, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, and other establishments offer wireless Internet access -- for a fee. It's the free WiFi hot spots that are a bit harder to find. But if you're willing to spend a little more time looking, free wireless Internet is here in Pittsburgh. Here are some of my favorite free WiFi locations in greater Pittsburgh.

1. WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh

It's not just one free WiFi hot spot. WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh offers two free hours of wireless Internet access daily in outdoor locations throughout the the entire downtown Pittsburgh area, including the North Shore and lower Hill District. If you sit near a window, you can pick up the free WiFi in some indoor locations as well.

2. Pittsburgh International Airport

The Pittsburgh International Airport has been offering free Wi-Fi in its food court since 2003 and in its terminals since 2004, making it the first major airport in the country to offer free WiFi access. Pittsburgh International Airport is still of the only major airports to offer free high-speed wireless access throughout the airport.

3. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides free wireless Internet service available for use with your personal computer while you are visiting the Main Library in Oakland or the Brookline, Downtown & Business, East Liberty, Lawrenceville, Squirrel Hill and Woods Run locations. Many other Allegheny County public libraries offer free Wi-Fi as well.

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4. Panera Bread Company

This coffee and sandwich chain offers free Wi-Fi to customers, including over 20 Pittsburgh area locations with free Wi-Fi hotspots.

5. Beehive Coffeehouse - South Side

One of the early adopters of free WiFi in Pittsburgh, this popular South Side coffeehouse offers unlimited free wireless Internet access, great coffee, and a relaxed, funky atmosphere.

6. Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee offers free Wi-Fi service through Wandering WiFi at some of its coffee shops nationwide. Pittsburgh Caribou Coffee locations with free WiFi include Oakland & Forbes and Brentwood.

7. Schenley Plaza - Oakland

The 1-acre grand entrance to Schenley Park features movable chairs and cafe tables, dining kiosks, public restrooms and year-round free wireless Internet access. A great place to hang out on a sunny afternoon.

8. The Omni William Penn Hotel - Downtown

Located in the heart of the Pittsburgh cultural district, the luxury Omni William Penn hotel has free Wi-Fi Internet access available in its public areas, including the spacious, comfortable lobby.

9. Franktuary

Where else can you get franks, fruit shakes, and free Wi-Fi in one place? Franktuary, located in the basement of Trinity Cathedral in Downtown Pittsburgh, of course!

10. Mall at Robinson

Relax and surf the Internet while grabbing a bite with the free WiFi hotspots in the Food Court and next to Starbucks at the Mall at Robinson .
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