Because I am not in the US or Europe, when I travel to a new city, I often have trouble finding a WiFi connection. I want Windows 7 compatible software to map the location of potential WiFi connections (for example, coffee shops), and I want to be able to download the location data before I visit the city and store it on my computer for offline use.
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- I do not have a mobile phone, so apps for Android and iPhone will not work for me.
- I always know what city or town I will visit, so I can download the information in advance. I am not seeking a comprehensive database for the entire world.
- I am currently in Mexico, and my plans include all of Latin America. (In the US, McDonald's makes it simple to find at least a temporary connection. I am not associate with McDonald's in any way.)
- Because I will be offline when I first visit the new location, I need to download the information and I need it to be on a map.
- I regularly use Google Earth Pro, which caches maps, so if the data were importable to Google Earth that could be a solution, but I do not care if it is compatible with Google Earth or not. (I am not associated with Google in any way.)
- I have seen some websites that allow me to find other WiFi connects but I have not seen a website that allows offline use of the information. (I would post the links, but I foolishly did not save the links.)
- I have a hobo's budget, so gratis or close to gratis is necessary. Because this is something I certainly need, I can pay a one-time fee for software that could accomplish this. (I like paying for useful software: I just lack the ability right now.)
- Platform and possibly useful software: Windows 7, fully patched (although it seems I may upgrade to Windows 10 for free; I'm not associated with Microsoft), Google Chrome (but willing to install other browsers if necessary), and Google Earth Pro.
- Old laptop: slow, but functional.
- I have tried warwalking but my success rate is too low to be useful: partially because the laptop is so old the antenna is not very powerful.
- Everything I own must fit into a 65L pack, including my tent and cooking supplies, so I very much against carrying more equipment--even if I could somehow get the equipment for free.
Thanks for your help!
I realize this is a difficult request because most people in the world have smartphones and there are already excellent smartphone apps for this, so there is little need to make a version for my weird situation.