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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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What do I need to do to get wired for Wi-Fi?

To take advantage of one of Moscow's 240 or so hot spots, the first thing you need is a screen. Although some state-of-the-art smart phones boast Wi-Fi capabilities, at present your choice consists of a laptop or palmtop. You can find a brand-name, Wi-Fi enabled laptop for around $1,000, or upgrade your old one with a $50 Wi-Fi card. Wi-Fi enabled palmtops don't sell for much less than $300.

To find a hot spot, the first place to go is Yandex's Wi-Fi page (, which gives you a list with most of Moscow's free hot spots in Russian with clickable logos of well-known restaurants. Staff in the places listed should be able to help you get connected. Other sites include and, which give search options for paid-for and free hot spots around the country.

Many hotels charge guests directly. Golden Telecom, which offers Wi-Fi in several city hotels, including the National and the Holiday Inn Lesnaya, said its average price was $25 per day.

Other companies offer services through branded cards similar to those of dial-up operators. Moscom charges 300 rubles per hour; its locations are listed on its web site,, in English. Tascom, which runs Wi-Fi networks at Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo, charges $10 per hour. Comstar charges $6 per hour, a price it says is likely to apply to its metro service.

-- Conor Humphries

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