Each blue balloon on the map is a working wifi hotspot. Click 'em for place names, then click those for useful info, e.g. Arbor Lodge Park.

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Portland Wireless Internet and Map Resources

PDX Wifi Map hosts several informative articles. Read, learn, enjoy!
  Open Wifi,   OpenStreetMap,   Portland's Public Libraries,   the Personal Telco Project  

Elsewhere on the web: the Open Wireless Movement

Who uses pdxwifimap, and why?

  1. Leaving the house is a great way to socialize, encounter serendipity, support local small businesses, and discover new food, beverages, and music.
  2. Portlanders without internet at home -- because they don't want it, can't afford it, or it's too slow -- can use an old laptop, Android device, ebook reader device, or iPod touch to stay connected to friends and family, pay bills, study, download ebooks from the public library, and find out what they need to know.
  3. Tourists and visitors whose cell phone plans don't cover Portland use wifi for online maps and guidebooks, uploading their travel photos, and communicating via Skype over wifi.
  4. People with cell phone data limits. Using wifi is a cheaper and faster way to download podcasts, videos, and audiobooks.
  5. People looking for a welcoming place to hang out. Places that offer wifi signals are broadcasting another signal as well: "spend some time here, enjoy yourself!" Businesses with no wifi would rather take your money, and have you be on your way. That's fine, but it's good to know what you're in for.
  6. Anybody who thinks what they do on the internet is nobody's business but their own. Using open wifi can increase your privacy. It's also safe.


Interested in making PDX Wifi Map better? (__CONTRIBUTE-LINK__) Following info on a separate page. Creating, maintaining, and improving pdxwifimap costs time and money. This work doesn't go on in a vacuum. You can have an influence on it. Want me to continue plugging time and money into this project? Consider:

Suggest a feature / Give me feedback. What do you think? What could I be doing better? This is a learning project for me. (__EMAIL LINK__)

Spread the word. It gladdens me when I see that people are using PDX Wifi Map. The more people use it, the more I feel inclined to improve it. Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and on the bus. It will really make a difference.

Donate. Please consider making a donation. Any amount helps!

There's a correlation between these different ways you can contribute, a kind of math. If you suggest something which would be a trivial amount of effort, I might just do it. If you suggest something which will take a lot of effort ... I may do it if I think doing so would be fun, or if others have asked for it already, or if I think many people would like to have such a thing. If you donate lots of money, your suggestions and ideas will be taken more seriously than those unaccompanied by donations. Does this make sense? People have asked for a feature which would be nice, but would take a large amount of effort. I'd love to do that, someday. Once I get a more people asking for that same thing, and/or donations, I can imagine working on that thing you want. But just for you that's too much effort. Help me with what want, make me feel like it's worth my time, and I'll help you in return.

Thank You

pdxwifimap.com benefits from the good work of everybody who has contributed their time, know-how, programming skills, and map data to OpenStreetMap - "a free worldwide map, created by people like you."

Julia Ponyatovska created the beautiful icon I use on Twitter and elsewhere. Big thanks also to Kerry Rizzuti, for her support and numerous contributions to making this site what it is.

Page last updated: August 06, 2013.
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