From The Madeira Island Web Site
Free Wi-Fi in Madeira
By Jorge Barbosa
Feb 9, 2008 - 5:02:23 PM
If you are like many visitors to the island and you find it absolutely necessary to check your email, keep abreast of your travel plans you made online maybe, or perhaps the way your stocks are faring, or just to receive that all important picture from a loved one or that cash deposit on your online banking account, you might want to make a note of this web site now: www.wifi-madeira.com.
The site provides a detailed list of its fifty or so hot spots - from the very first one they established (at the airport of Madeira) through to the most remote one they have (at the promenade in Porto Moniz). A helpful guide available in both Portuguese and English is also provided for those needing some help in getting connected.
All hot spots cater for free internet access. At the time of the publishing of this article the administration of the ownership of the service had no plan to charge for the service in the foreseeable future. The company that provides the service is called "Cabo TV Madeirense" - the local cable television operator and is a company itself owned by another called "ZON". ZON was formerly operated and owned as part of the behemoth of the Portuguese telecommunications industry called "PT Multimedia". This fact is important in that it underlies the importance of the very good infrastructure that supports the service. PT Multimedia was arguably the premium and foremost provider of internet services in Portugal before its institutional breakup from Portugal Telecom. Notwithstanding the recent changes to the ownership of the services the wifi-madeira service should continue providing an excellent service in major public areas in all of the municipalities of Madeira including the island of Porto Santo.
Locations of free wifi hot spots in Madeira as provided by wifi-madeira.com:
- Café do Teatro
(on the esplanade)
- Cathedral area
(the entire esplanade area from the Cathedral through past the Golden Gate café and down to the Parliament buildings on the Avenida do Mar)
- Avenida do Mar
(the main stretch of road and promenade area about the Funchal marina)
- Praça do Município
(the public square before the Funchal town hall and the "Igreja do Colégio" church)
- The Lido swimming pools and promenade through to the "Clube Naval"
- Largo das Fontes
- Praça Colombo
(the Columbus square between Rua do Sabão and Rua do Esmeraldo streets)
- All the major shopping centres
- Anadia Shopping centre (near the market)
- Madeira Shopping (the largest but somewhat more remote of the large shopping centres - and only in the FNAC store)
- Forum Madeira (at the far western end of the hotel strip)
- Dolce Vita (the new major shopping centre just off the Santa Catarina Park)
- the "Centro Comercial Alferes Veiga Pestana" (a difficult to find shopping centre behind the Industrial school of Francisco Fernades High School)
- The "Híper Sá" supermarket in the civil parrish of "São Martinho"
- The "Centro Comercial Europa" shopping centre on "Rua do Bom Jesus" street
- The Dr. Ângelo Augusto da Silva high school (an even harder to find high school near the old train road "Caminho do Comboio")
- The Madeira Tecnopólo (location of the Madiera University)
- The Santa Luzia gradens (esplanade area)
- The square before the Babosas chapel (near the cable car connection in Monte)
- Cancela Park shopping centre
- "Centro Comercial Caniço" shopping centre
- "Camacha Shopping" shopping centre
- Caniço Golden shopping centre
- Praça Padre Lomelino Square in Caniço
- The Caniço Church
- Promenade along the seaside in front of the market of Santa Cruz
- The square in Camacha village centre
- The Mercado square in Gaula
- the Dr. João Abel de Freitas square in central Santa Cruz
- the airport
- Forum Machico
- Esplanade in Porto da Cruz village (by the sea)
- Village centre in front of church
- "Clube Naval" (naval club) of São Vicente
- Ponta Delgada on "Sítio do Serrado" near the sea front
- Boaventura village - near the "Junta de Frequesia" (civil parrish junta office)
PONTA DO SOL
- Sea front promenade before the village centre
- Ponta do Sol shopping centre
CÂMARA DE LOBOS
- Baía Shopping centre
- "Praça de Autonomia" square
- "Complexo das Salinas"
- "Centro de Congressos" (Conference Halls) of Porto Santo
- "Largo do Pelourinho" square in the centre of the Porto Santo village centre
1. How can i use it?
You will need a laptop with a wireless system incorporated or a PDA wifi ready or a wireless network card (802.11b).
2. Where can I buy a wireless network card?
You can buy it in any computer equipment store.
3. What is the speed connection?
The equipment allows speeds up to 11 Mbits. However, the real speed data will depend on the number of users each time, the distance that you are from the hotspot, the site you are visiting, as well as other circumstances.
4. How much does it cost?
You don’t need to be a NetMadeira client to access to this service, neither now or in the future. In the future, NetMadeira clients will be offered special rates. Presently the access is free, and no password or username is needed. New information will be posted before the service becomes paid.
5. Do I need to configure the TCP/IP definitions?
No. The TCP/IP definitions doesn’t have to be configured because the system does it automatically
6. After setting up the computer, what do i have to do?
Please check the "Step by Step" section on the www.wifi-madeira.com web site.
For further information feel free to contact the wifi-madeira services:
From Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM till 9:00 PM
Saturdays: from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone: 291 70 70 88
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