Free Wi-Fi Hoboken NJ

(partially-updated 5/6/2013)

Free WiFi in Hoboken

Trying to put an up-to-date free internet access point section together. People love chilling out and clicking away on their computers.

Other than hijacking some unsuspecting residents unsecured wireless connections, does anyone else know of other public places in Hoboken that have available FREE Wi-Fi?

wifi-hoboken.gifbwè kafe (coffee cafe)
1002 Washington St.

Carpe Diem (bar)
1405 Grand St.

Frozen Monkey (cafe)
526 Washington St.

Ganache (cafe)
1500 Hudson St.

Garden of Eden (2nd floor of market)
226 Washington St.

Legal Beans (cafe / restaurant)
86 Garden St.

Little Grocery (cafe)
214 Jefferson St.

Mon Cheri Yogurt Bar (cafe)
517 Washington St.

Panera Bread (chain)
308 Washington St.

Starbuck’s
Citywide

Stevens Park (city park)
5th and Hudson

Sushi House (restaurant)
155 1st St.

53 Responses

  1. JeniGump says:

    I’ll try that next, thanks parkave!

    Although… I do feel like I’m cheating on Mola right now, even though they are converting. Do they have amazing views over there? The people watching at Rue is fun with the park and all that.

  2. astro says:

    There is a lot to consider when thinking about city wide wifi, and while it would take about 100k to do right, you have to consider the costs of renting power, as well as roof space and how to properly build out the system so that it works right.

    Because of what the cellular industry has done, it makes acquiring space for such things (although small in the grand scheme of things) to be very hard. Additionally, doing the back haul on the system is probably the largest issue. Verizon usually has an 8 week backlog, and then getting any property owner to give you a bare copper pair to run up to a couple of routers is asking a lot.

    It’s not IMPOSSIBLE but it would probably take a good year to implement and build – even in Hoboken. Someone else brought up a great point as well, building height and density will play a major role as well. How do you adequately cover some of the large hi-rises in Hoboken?

    If I had a spare 100k, I’d consider doing it, and simply under cut Cablevision :). It wouldn’t be free, but it would be less.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Pretty sure the buildings are tall and dense in the City of London, as well as center city Philly. Yet wi-fi already works there. You don’t rent roof space, silly, you typically use lamp posts. (Not that anyone would complain about their roof being fitted for discount wireless.) And who cares if it takes several years? The sooner it’s started, the sooner it’s done. Yes, it would easily undercut Cablevision and that’s the point. Competition lowers prices. :)

  4. Suzanne says:

    And the best reason citywide wi-fi WILL come: iPhone

    Let’s beat Manhattan to the punch. ❗

  5. LynnZe says:

    I think the Dunkin Donuts on 7th and Wash has wi-fi. I know the owners and when they were opening they were talking about it. I’ll ask them next time I see them. Anyone know?

  6. bazztrap says:

    city wide wifi means everyone is on your network. WIFI security is the most vulnerable security, Just imagine all your data on a network which any can break in. More than implementation it would have lot of security flaws.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Nah, you’d have a log-on and you should have a firewall and anti-virus software regardless.

  8. Suzanne says:

    Wall Street Journal
    September 25, 2007

    TALKING TECH
    By LEE GOMES

    What’s Happening
    On the Wi-Fi Scene
    September 25, 2007; Page B4
    A year or so ago, there was considerable excitement in some quarters, and trepidation in others, about the prospect of free or low-cost Wi-Fi networks being set up in cities. Philadelphia was among the first to explore the idea, and other municipalities followed.

    In recent weeks, though, some Wi-Fi projects, including those in metropolitan San Francisco and in the South San Francisco Bay Area known as Silicon Valley, have announced that their networks are being delayed or even canceled. Esme Vos, a well-known commentator on the Wi-Fi scene, explains what’s going on.

    * * *
    So is urban Wi-Fi dead, or are reports of its demise exaggerated?

    It’s exaggerated. Very big projects, where the city or the region wanted someone, the private sector to put up all the costs, are either on hold or dead. But other projects are moving forward. Minneapolis is going ahead with its project. In that city, there is a commitment to pay the service provider, US Internet, $1.25 million a year for the city’s own use of the network. That would include public safety, mobile workers, public utilities — these services could be made more efficient by having access to Wi-Fi everywhere.

    What is happening in Philadelphia, which received a lot of criticism for its Wi-Fi project?

    The city is going on with the deployment. It hasn’t stopped.

    The proposal for Silicon Valley seems to have stalled. But the geographic region involved in Silicon Valley is immense. Wouldn’t that be a problem for an Internet service provider?

    Yes, it makes a difference from the standpoint of your business model. I’m a provider, I’d prefer to be in a city like Philadelphia, where there are a lot of people, and where there are also a lot of businesspeople as well as visitors. Why? Because I can charge them a day or weekly rate.

    How well do these Wi-Fi networks work indoors?

    Not very well right now. If you have thin walls, or if you’re sitting next to an access point, it might be fine. But otherwise, you might need a device called a wireless bridge at your window, to amplify the signal indoors. These cost between $60 and $90.

    Metropolitan Wi-Fi networks are often pitched, in part, as a way to help bridge the ‘digital divide,’ involving people who can’t afford computers or Web access. But how will it help them if they have to go outside to use it?

    Most of the digital-divide programs that I’ve seen have a budget item for these indoor repeaters. So they have thought about this issue.

    The iPhone, which has built-in Wi-Fi, has gotten a lot of attention recently. Do you think devices like these will lead to greater demand for urban Wi-Fi networks?

    Yes. I was just with a friend in New York who had an iPhone, and I can tell you it’s like color TV. Once you get used to it, you never go back. There’s nothing like walking around New York and being able to look up a restaurant no matter where you are.

    Is there anything else interesting occurring in the world of public Wi-Fi?

    There is free Wi-Fi on a bus that runs between London and Oxford, which is one of the busiest bus lines in Europe. The service takes advantage of the 3G phone network, which is available everywhere in Europe. There is a box inside the bus that converts the 3G signal to Wi-Fi; it costs the bus company £25, or about $50, a month per bus to do be able to do that. And they love it, because it helps them with their goal of getting as many people as possible on the bus.

    Write to Lee Gomes at lee.gomes@wsj.com

  9. winesnob says:

    ive noticed that in hoboken there are so many wifi networks that you can easily find one to jump on, im amazed at how many people dont lock there networks

  10. bohuzial says:

    2nd floor of GArden of Eden has WiFi

  11. davehoboken says:

    Duffy’s (239 Bloomfield, at 3rd) also has free wireless.
    Starbucks if you are an AT&T customer.

  12. aap says:

    I guess it is Panera, with an e. It is bread basket in spanish.

  13. FransItalianDeli says:

    We are now an Optimum WiFi HotSpot (login with your Optimum id), which also provides limited WiFi access to those without an Optimum id.

    Have a Turkey Bacon, Egg Whites and Swiss Croissant Sandwich along with a Swiss Chocolate flavored coffee OR a fresh Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil focaccia sandwich with a Manhattan Special coffee soda will browsing the Internet.

    Come visit us a 202 Hudson St….

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