For those who want to leave the home or office for a few hours and access social networks, e-mail, or get some work done, free wi-fi hotspots can be found all around town.
Starbucks Coffee in East Setauket and Stony Brook
Starbucks customers can indulge in a cup of coffee or tea while browsing the Internet for free. The national chain began offering free wi-fi to its customers in July. Equipped with wireless Internet technology and cozy furniture, one may feel as if Starbucks is home.
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Password-free Internet access is available in the library. Among the few requests the library asks is that one's pop-up blocker is turned off. For a list of disclaimers and regulations, visit the library's wireless policy on its web site.
Stony Brook University
Available to students on campus, Stony Brook offers wireless Internet for all students, faculty, and staff in the buildings, according to its web site. Public jacks are available for use as long as the user is a university affiliate and has a NetID.
The Dish Café
Those interested in breakfast or lunch may consider The Dish Café, but don't forget your laptop because the café is a wireless hotspot. Located at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook, the café is open Monday through Sunday 7 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit www.thedishcafe.com.
On the menu at Pentimento: a variety of wines, lunch, dinner, and desserts – and free wi-fi for customers. For more information, one may visit their web site: www.pentimentorestaurant.net.
The Bench Bar and Grill
This family friendly restaurant offers a variety of food and cocktails. Aside from a sports bar, the restaurant also offers wireless Internet. Visit the bench at www.thebenchbar.com.
Read the story of stone soup while accessing the Internet for free at Stone Soupe on N. Belle Meade Road in East Setauket.
Holiday Inn Express
Travelers staying with Holiday Inn can access the Internet on a laptop, or other wireless-enabled device. Looking up things to do on Long Island has been easier than ever with this opportunity.
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook University Medical Center offers free wi-fi to all patients, guests, and general guests visiting the hospital. No more questions about those big words the doctors use – access the Internet to look up medical terminology online while inside the hospital!
Borders Books and Music
Interested in visiting a café inside a bookstore? Borders combines the best of both worlds, and bring the laptop along for free wi-fi. According to sales associates, the wireless Internet is free, and works best in the café.