What is Wireless Technology (Wi-Fi)?
Simply put, wireless technology or “Wi-Fi” is freedom. Wi-Fi allows you to connect your computer, PDA or other devices to each other - all without the expense of cumbersome cables. Imagine working on your laptop or checking e-mail from an airport, coffee shop or other public places easily and quickly. That is Wi-Fi.
How does Wi-Fi technology work?
Wi-Fi use radio technologies called IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g to provide secure, reliable, fast wireless connectivity. A Wi-Fi network can be used to connect computers to each other, to the Internet, and to wired networks. Wi-Fi networks operate in the unlicensed 2.4 and 5 GHz radio bands, with an 11 Mbps (802.11b) or 54 Mbps (802.11g) data rate or with products that contain both bands (dual band).
Why should my products be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™?
Your Wi-Fi devices will have the best chance of working together if they are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™. Look for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ logo with color-coded Standard Indicator Icons (SII) on product packaging or search through our Web site listing of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products before making a Wi-Fi purchase.
What is a "Wi-Fi" Internet Hotspot?
A wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspot is a location that works like an access point where the general public can be connected to the internet at no cost. The public can use a laptop, WiFi phone, or other suitable portable device to access the Internet. Of the estimated 150 million laptops, 14 million PDAs, and other emerging Wi-Fi devices sold per year for the last few years, most include the Wi-Fi feature.
Free to use hotspots are often found at restaurants, train stations, airports, libraries, coffee shops, bookstores, fuel stations, department stores, supermarkets and other public places. Many universities and schools have wireless networks in their campus.
Is a “Wi-Fi” Hotspot really Free?
In principle, FREE Wi-Fi means that access to the Internet is available at no cost to the user. However, there may be certain access requirements or restrictions that are unique to a particular location, and therefore this FREE Internet access may not be available to just anyone.
Some examples of access restrictions are as follows:
*Hotels may offer access only to their guests, and will give you an access code or login when you check-in.
*Restaurants or cafes may require you to purchase food or drink while you are using their Wi-Fi service.
*Some locations may ask you to complete an online questionnaire or survey before you can access the Internet.
*Certain locations may require you to download and install a toolbar or other application so they can serve online ads to you while you surf.
Recommendation: We recommend you seek a FREE location that doesn’t require a download of anything to receive your Internet access. In this day of malicious software like "Adware" and "Spyware" there is no guarantee that your computer is secure with any download from an unknown site.
Is it hard to add wireless capability to my laptop computer?
NO. Adding wireless capability to any laptop computer is very easy, but the first thing you'll need to do is make sure your laptop doesn’t already have a Wi-Fi card built-in. Almost every new laptop sold in recent years comes with an internal Wi-Fi card built-in (check your laptop user’s manual for more information). If you have one of these machines, you are ready for a wireless internet connection.
If your laptop does not have one, you have to buy an external 802.11b or 802.11g Wi-Fi adapter card. Wireless adapters cards come basically in two formats: PCMCIA PC cards (looks like a credit card) or USB adapters (looks like any pen or flash USB drive). Once you get one, simply plug it into your laptop's PCMCIA PC card slot or USB port and you are ready to connect to any hotspot.
How to connect to a Hotspot?
Once you have got a Wi-Fi ready laptop, connecting to any hotspot is easy. First go to your nearest hotspot. We recommend going to a place like McDonald's (they are everywhere). Now turn on your laptop. In Windows XP there will be a system tray icon that looks like a little computer with three waves coming out of it. Right click on it, and select "View Available Wireless Networks." This will shows a list of available Wi-Fi access points in the area you are. Look for the SSID (access point name) that corresponds to the hotspot provider at your current location. Usually, there will be a sign on the door or window of the hotspot provider with information that will help you choose the right SSID. Public hotspots are generally unsecured, so that no encryption key is needed to connect to them.
After you've selected the hotspot SSID, click the Connect button, and the word "Connected" should appear next to the SSID in the "View Available Wireless Networks." window. Close this window and you've made a successful Wi-Fi connection to the hotspot.
Now its time to just relax and enjoy the INTERNET WIRELESS REVOLUTION!
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